University of Wyoming Extension News

Extension bulletin breaks down livestock vs. wildlife grazing competition

b1260A new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension covers livestock and wildlife grazing competition and the facts leading to dietary overlap.

“Dietary Composition and Conflicts of Livestock and Wildlife on Rangeland” explains the distinctions between types of roughages and the physiological reasons why animals prefer grazing on certain plant types.

Derek Scasta, assistant professor and extension rangeland specialist, said, “The interaction of livestock and wildlife on rangeland is an issue of concern not only for ranchers and wildlife managers, but the general public.”

He explained wild horses and their impact on rangelands have recently raised additional considerations.

 “In particular, competition for food resources can help guide decisions for grazing timing, duration and location, ” he said.

To download, go to http://www.uwyo.edu/ces and click Publications on the left-hand side of the page. Type B-1260 in the Search Publications field and follow the prompts.

UW research center open house near Lingle Aug. 21

Extension plant pathologist Bill Stump at a previous SAREC open house.

Extension plant pathologist Bill Stump at a previous SAREC open house.

Research to help producer livestock and crop decisions and profitability are offered during the open house Thursday, Aug. 21, at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) near Lingle.
The day concludes with dinner. RSVPs are requested by Saturday, Aug. 16. Contact Kelly Greenwald at 307-837-2000 or at kgreenwa@uwyo.edu.
The schedule is:
3 p.m. – Introductions
3:20 – Presentation by animal scientist Doug Landblom of North Dakota State University, “Cost effectiveness of various wintering rations on finishing and profitability of market steers.” Landblom is a specialist at the Dickinson Research Extension Center and whose primary focus is beef cattle nutrition and management.
4 – Three-minute research presentations
4:30 – Research and poster presentations
5:30 – Dinner

Participants can visit field plots/research of their choice and meet with researchers.

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Wyoming range management school bolsters grazing plan development

Each day of the school has a different focus.

Each day has a specific focus. See story for  subjects.

More than 27 sessions during the 2014 Wyoming Range Management School are designed to help increase understanding of premises used to develop grazing management plans.

The school, presented by the Wyoming Section Society for Range Management, is June 24-27 at the South Lincoln Training and Event Center in Kemmerer.

In general, morning sessions are at the center, and afternoon sessions are field trips to surrounding areas.

“The school has been modified from prior years to include presentations about assessing riparian areas, the economics of managing for rangeland and livestock health and allotment management planning,” said Windy Kelley, University of Wyoming Extension educator and president-elect of the Wyoming Section of SRM.

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Free resource guide for rural acreage owners focuses on Wyoming conditions

A resource guide for Wyoming landowners written by Wyoming resource experts is available with information ranging from soil and forest issues to septic systems and growing local food.

Wyoming Rural Living Resources is available for free at University of Wyoming Extension, conservation district, weed and pest and Wyoming State Forestry Division offices.

The 76-page guide is produced by the Small Acreage Issue Team, a collaboration of UW Extension personnel and resource group representatives in Wyoming.

“The guide is a convenient, user-friendly source of practical information on common areas of interest for those living on rural acreages,” said Jennifer Thompson, team coordinator, with UW Extension. “The guide can help you keep your land healthy, help maintain or add to its value and help residents enjoy their rural lifestyles.”

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UW Extension hosts management-intensive grazing school in Wheatland

Examining pasture forage.

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 in Wheatland by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The management-intensive grazing school is May 29-June 1 based at the First State Bank Conference Center. There will be hands-on applications of the concepts at a sub-irrigated site near Wheatland.

Participants will learn how to design and implement a management-intensive grazing program focused on profitability and resource health.

Author Jim Gerrish, who manages 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.

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