User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : Linn County meeting to discuss "after drought" strategies for area farmers
Posted by John on 2012/9/4 17:30:00 (378 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

A downloadable brochure is available at

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.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article

Other articles
2015/11/28 19:39:28 - Police Suspect Father Beat 7-Year-Old Son, Fed His Body to Pigs
2015/11/27 6:40:00 - Minnesota Hunter Bags Unicorn Buck
2015/11/27 4:20:00 - Homeless Man Beaten Outside Gas Station In April Dies
2015/11/27 4:15:06 - What Happened When I Took My Spoiled Kid To A Homeless Shelter
2015/11/27 4:03:23 - Dentists Recount Strangest Things Found In Patients' Mouths
2015/11/27 4:00:00 - Planned Parenthood Considering All Legal Options To Continue Abortions At Columbia Clinic
2015/11/27 3:53:22 - November Firearms Deer Season Ends With Harvest Of 189,938
2015/11/25 14:20:00 - Police Seek Help Finding Grain Valley Fugitive
2015/11/25 12:30:05 - 11 Earthquakes Strike SE Missouri Overnight
2015/11/25 12:00:00 - Trenton Woman, Rescued In Monday Fire, Passes Away In Hospital
2015/11/25 11:14:43 - Mizzou Women Beat SIUE 75-46, Move to 5-0
2015/11/25 10:57:47 - Northwestern Holds Off Missouri 67-62 In CBE Classic
2015/11/25 10:50:00 - Lady Bulldogs Ride Richman's 22 Points To First Win Of Season
2015/11/25 10:36:32 - Gilman City Girls Open With Road Win Against Osborn
2015/11/25 10:26:54 - Chillicothe Routs Penney In Girls Season Opener
2015/11/25 10:20:00 - Princeton Splits Season Openers At North Harrison
2015/11/25 9:30:00 - Trenton Goes Overtime In Season-Opening Win Over East Buchanan
2015/11/25 8:56:26 - Mizzou Facing Image Crisis After Racial Issues, Upheaval
2015/11/25 8:26:05 - Two Charged With Murder After Man Found Dead Near Branson
2015/11/25 7:35:35 - North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees Meeting Report
2015/11/25 6:38:42 - Cameron Regional Medical Center Announces Awards Scholarships
2015/11/25 6:29:52 - 37th Annual Eagle Days at Squaw Creek Refuge To Be Held Dec. 5 & 6
2015/11/25 6:10:00 - Grundy County To Receive New Voting Equipment
2015/11/25 5:46:26 - Woman Identified In Monday Fire
2015/11/25 5:37:58 - Two Teens Injured, One Arrested In Accident Near Milan
2015/11/25 4:21:31 - Authorities Identify Victims, Alleged Shooter In Moberly Area Murder-Suicide
2015/11/25 4:18:02 - Grandfather Who Let 8-Year-Old Drive In Fatal Crash Had DUI, Drug History
2015/11/25 4:08:39 - A Rainy Thanksgiving And Potentially Slick Black Friday Morning For Missouri
2015/11/25 3:57:16 - Livingston County Sheriff Investigation Results In Conviction
2015/11/25 3:49:18 - I-29 Traffic Stop Nets 60 Pounds Of Marijuana

Bookmark this article at these sites


Listen to KTTN-FM