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News : Linn County meeting to discuss "after drought" strategies for area farmers
Posted by John on 2012/9/4 17:30:00 (314 reads) News by the same author

There is grass and there will be grazing at the Management-intensive Grazing School, October 2nd through the 4th, at the University of Missouri's Forage Systems Research Center (FSRC) in Linn County.


A panel will discuss “Life after Drought,” says Craig Roberts, MU Extension forage specialist. A new addition will be demonstrations of making ammoniated forage. This technique, used in times of short feed supplies, converts low-quality forage into feed with higher protein content. Davis says he will probably ammoniate drought-damaged cornstalks.

Usually the process involves wrapping stacked baled hay with a plastic tarp, sealing the edges and injecting anhydrous ammonia. The gas, a form of nitrogen, turns high-fiber forage into a tasty treat for cattle.

The school teaches how to improve pastures and boost grazing efficiency.

Historically, the school has taught thousands of producers to use moveable electric fences to control grazing. Moving cows through smaller paddocks boosts feeding efficiency.

Most of the available grass and legumes are eaten instead of trampled.

The school involves more than classroom talks, Davis says. Participants build fences and turn in cattle to graze. First, they calculate how much area to fence off in the pasture to supply feed for a day.

Participants will learn to measure dry matter content per acre available in a paddock. Then they will learn to “eyeball” a paddock to estimate available forage.

The basics cover everything from soil nutrients to forage varieties and water systems to fence building.

Other specialists will talk about a cow’s nutrient needs and applied economics of grazing.

The MiG school is taught by MU specialists and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service staff.
Highly rated by participants are talks by former grazing school graduates who come back to share their stories.

Some NRCS payments for grazing practices, such as fence and water, require attendance at a grazing school, says Mark Kennedy, NRCS state grassland conservationist.

Fee for the three-day school is $250 per person or $375 per couple. The fee includes a Missouri Grazing Manual, teaching materials, three lunches and two dinners. Applications are accepted first-come, with a limit of 50.

Apply to Joetta Roberts, Box 225, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council, 2000 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201. Call mornings at 573-499-0886 or send email to mfgc@mchsi.com.

A downloadable brochure is available at agebb.missouri.edu/mfgc/.

FSRC is located 10 miles northwest of Brookfield. Go west on Highway 135 to Highway FF and north seven miles. Turn east and follow the signs to 21262 Genoa Road. The center is part of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

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