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UW Extension hosts management-intensive grazing school near Glenrock

Range specialist Mike Smith, center, and others calculate forage during last year's management-intensive grazing session.

Range specialist Mike Smith, center, and others calculate forage at a session during  last year’s management-intensive grazing program.

A four-day school to coax more out of pastures, extend grazing seasons and reduce or eliminate the need for harvested feed is being sponsored at a Glenrock ranch by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The management-intensive grazing school is May 28-May 31 at the Duncan Ranch. Each day has classroom work in the morning followed by hands-on applications of the concepts on the ranch.

The school will teach participants how to design and implement a management-intensive grazing program focused on profitability and pasture production.

Author Jim Gerrish, who operates a grazing operation near May, Idaho, and is a contributing writer for the Stockman Grass Farmer, will lead the school, said Dallas Mount, extension educator in Wheatland.

“The difference between high-profit and low-profit cow-calf operations can usually come down to the amount of harvested feed the operation uses. This school teaches a way to reduce the cost of harvesting and feeding and improve pasture productivity,” said Mount. “I’m very excited Jim Gerrish will be coming back to Wyoming to lead this school. There is no one with more practical experience and knowledge about management-intensive grazing than Jim.”

This will be the third such school in Wyoming. The first two near Wheatland had great results, said Mount.

“The schools have averaged 30 participants, and they have come from five different states to participant in the schools,” said Mount. “All the participants reported the school was well worth their investment of time and money to attend.”

Cost of the school is $300 per person or $500 for two from the same operation. The fee includes all noon and two evening meals and all materials.

UW Extension coordinates the school, and other sponsors are Western Sustainability Agriculture Research and Education, Wyoming Private Grazing Lands Team, Jonah Bank and Converse County Bank.

For more information, contact your local extension office, educator Ashley Garrelts at 307-358-2417, or Mount at 307-322-3667.  The full brochure and registration details are at http://plattecountyextension.com.  Registration deadline is May 17.