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Producers invited to Indiana Grazing School workshops

Livestock producers can get first-hand tips from experts on how to incorporate management-intensive grazing techniques during two-day seminars in June that will run in both northern and southern Indiana.

The Indiana Grazing School “Making A Difference with Improved Grazing Systems” programs will cover topics on best management practices, including plant growth and development, soil fertility, forage identification, rotational grazing, animal nutrition, paddock and watering system design, fencing and pasture record keeping.

Trainings will be at two locations (rain or shine) — June 4 and 5 at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, 11371 E. Purdue Farm Road in Dubois, and June 11 and 12 at Dave Wagoner Farm, 291 E. 700 South in Cutler — from 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. In addition to traditional presentations, the course will include pasture walks and field tours to provide hands-on opportunities, identify forage and weed species, explore fencing and watering options and demonstrate rotational grazing concepts. There will also be small group discussions with seminar experts and fellow program participants.

The fee to attend is $75, which covers management tools, materials, a Saturday meal and refreshments. Additional individuals from the same operation are permitted at a cost of $50, but materials and management tools will not be included.

Preferred online registration is available at for Southern Indiana location and for Cutler location. Phone registration is available at 1-812-678-4427.

Deadline to register is Monday.

The schools are hosted by the Indiana Forage Council, in partnership with Purdue Extension, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Events are partially funded by the Indiana Livestock Promotion Grant from the Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture.