MSU Extension to offer beginning grazing school in September

The two-day school will be offerered at the MSU Kellogg Biological Station Farm.

Michigan State University Extension will offer a beginning grazing school for farmers and landowners grazing dairy, equine, beef and small ruminant animals on Sept. 21-22, 2017. The two-day school will be offered at the MSU Kellogg Biological Station Farm meeting room at Hickory Corners, MI. Michigan State University grazing specialists and Extension educators will be presenting and conducting in-field demonstrations.

Properly managed grazing systems have a good design, but also include continual adjustments to management based on environmental factors. The goal of the grazing school is to blend classroom instruction with in-field education and the latest animal/forage research to give participants an in-depth introduction to grazing management. This program has been well attended the past five years, giving participants a strong foundation to get started with grazing or simply to refresh knowledge and skills for those currently grazing. Attendees have said the grazing school has motivated them to make improvements to their farms’ grazing systems.

Major topics will include:

  • Introduction to managed grazing
  • Pasture management and decision making
  • Livestock nutrition and requirements on pasture
  • Forage yield determination and pasture allocation
  • Grass and legume species identification
  • Pasture soil fertility and management
  • Grazing systems, layout and design
  • Water systems and requirements
  • Building and using fence for grazing
  • Pasture establishment and improvement

Registration information:

Early registration is $125 per person; additional participants from the same farm may attend for just $95 each. The early registration deadline is Sept. 15, 2017. The registrations received after the 15th will be $150 per person and $120 for additional participants from the same farm. Walk-ins the day of the event will be charged $175 per person. Fee includes workshop notebooks, resource materials, all meals and refreshments. Space is limited to the first 20 participants. Please register at

 Questions may be directed to either Misty Klotz, KBS Pasture Dairy Outreach Coordinator at or 269- 671-2263; Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Specialist at or 517-353-0278 or Kevin Gould MSU Extension Beef Educator at or 616- 527-5357 

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