Michigan State University hosts virtual field day on grazing
Online webinar focused on grazing management, soil health and environmental issues
East Lansing, Mich. — Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and AgBioResearch partnered with the Washtenaw County Conservation District and Baseline Farm in Dexter, Mich. for a virtual field day on grazing on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Livestock producers in Michigan attended this online event to learn more about practicing a grazing rotation.
“The goal of the event was to educate producers interested in transitioning to a grazing system and to further the knowledge of those already implementing a grazing system,” said Nick Machinski, Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) technician for the Washtenaw County Conservation District.
Topics and presenters were:
- Overview of the Washtenaw County Conservation District and MAEAP program:
- Presenter: Machinski
- Introduction to Baseline Farm
- Presenter: John Cox, farmer, Baseline Farm
- Grazing management, watering and fencing
- Presenter: Kable Thurlow, beef and grazing educator, MSU Extension
- Soil health
- Presenter: Paul Gross, field crops educator, MSU Extension
- Regenerative agriculture
- Presenter: Jason Rowntree, associate professor, MSU Department of Animal Science
- Equipment and other financial assistance opportunities
- Presenter: Boyd Byelich, district conservationist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Creating and implementing a grazing management plan
- Presenter: Adam Shedd, owner, Sustainable Ag Solutions, LLC.
“This event covered a wide range of topics related to grazing management,” said Machinksi. “It also provided opportunities and resources that will help assist those interested in transitioning to a grazing system or for those who want to fine tune their current grazing system.”
Thurlow enjoyed partnering with Baseline Farm and the Washtenaw County Conservation District to share this valuable information with Michigan’s beef producers.
“This collaboration allowed us to reach more people that want to deepen their knowledge of grazing practices,” he said. “The topics covered were valuable to the novice and advanced graziers.”