On-farm advanced grazing workshop planned Sept. 26

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CARROLLTON, Ohio – Livestock producers can learn from one of the country’s foremost experts in the field of managed grazing and forage management Sept. 26.

Jim Gerrish, former University of Missouri forage researcher, will be the featured presenter at an advanced managed grazing school at Shamrock Vale Farms and Green Haven Farm near Kensington from 1-8 p.m.

Gerrish will also be presenting a workshop on starting a managed grazing operation the following day at the 10th Annual Country Living Field Day Sept. 27.

Get ready to walk. The on-farm workshop will feature hands-on activities to show livestock producers how to improve their forage management, according to Mike Hogan, Ohio State University Extension Agent.

“This won’t be a workshop where participants sit in their seats,” Hogan said. “We will be walking through paddocks on two farms, kicking the tires of several grazing and forage management strategies.”

Topics include: feeding strategies for this fall and winter, new water systems technologies, extended grazing strategies, managing body condition with managed grazing systems, stockpiling forages, forage species selection, and others.

Registration. Registration for the workshop is $25 and includes handout materials and a roast beef supper. Registration must be received in the Carroll County Office of OSU Extension by Sept. 16. For information call 330-627-4310.

Shamrock Vale Farm is operated by the Earl and Dan McKarns Families and Green Haven Farm is operated by the Rusty Grubbs Family.

The Advanced Managed Grazing School is sponsored by OSU Extension, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Carroll Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Ohio Forage & Grassland Council.

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