Monday, April 5, 2010

Grazing Schools

One of the best ways to cut costs in a livestock operation is through better grazing management.

The Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resources and Conservation Services and University of Missouri Extension Centers are sponsoring a grazing schools all across the state of Missouri.

The Missouri Regional Grazing Schools are educational programs that serve three purposes: 1) educate producers and agency personnel in the art and science of grazing management; 2) transfer new technology in grassland management to producers and agency personnel; 3) qualify producers for the state DSP3 cost-share program.   Schools are taught during the grazing season only. The grazing season runs from April 1 to October 31.

All schools address the following core subject matter:

Introduction to Management-intensive grazing
Resource evaluation
Plant growth
Forage quality
Livestock nutrition on pasture
Soil fertility and landscape ecology
Layout and design
Fence and water technology
Tying it all together

For a listing of the grazing schools across the state go to

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