Northwest Florida Grazing School – September 14

Northwest Florida Grazing School – September 14

There are key skills for grazing management that every livestock producer needs to get the most from their pastures. Photo credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS

The Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team will be hosting the Northwest Florida Grazing School on Friday, September 14, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM central time.  This Grazing School will all be taught in the field with demonstrations.  There will be no PowerPoint lectures in a classroom, but instead will consist solely of field demonstrations and small group discussions with participants.

Every livestock producer that relies on grazing as the primary means of feeding their herd needs a set of skills that are challenging to learn from text books, YouTube videos, or webpages.  This Grazing School will provide participants the opportunity to learn directly from state specialists and county agents who assist livestock producers every day who make key grazing management decisions.  What are the best forage varieties that are adapted well for this area?  What are the best methods to use to establish pastures?  Should I fertilize?  If so what should I order?  Do I have enough pasture to feed my animals for 8-10 months of the year?  What should I be feeding when there is not enough forage to graze? How can I control grazing to make the most of the annual forages I plant?  How do I calibrate my planter and sprayer to apply the correct amount of seed or chemicals when I use them?  These are the types of questions that will be discussed during the Grazing Management School.  Whether you raise cattle, horses, sheep or goats, if you depend on pastures as the primary means to feed your herd, these are key skills you need to hone to improve your grazing management.

Agenda

8:00 – 8:45 am Registration

Field Demonstration and Discussion Topics

  1. Pasture Establishment: Seeding Rate, Depth, Timing, and Varieties
  2. Pasture Fertility: Fertilizer Management & Economics
  3. How much forage do we have? How many animals can we stock?
  4. Supplementing Grazing Animals with Hay and Feed-stuff Options
  5. Temporary Fencing Tools & Technologies
  6. Calibration of Pasture Equipment

3:30 pm Adjourn

Every livestock producer that relies on grazing as the primary means of feeding their herd needs a set of skills that are challenging to learn from text books, YouTube videos or webpages. Photo credit: Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS

Registration through Eventbrite is required for participate in the Grazing School.  The cost or registration is $20 per participant and includes lunch and handout materials.

The Grazing School will be held at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, north of Marianna, Florida.  (4925 Highway 162, Greenwood, FL)

 

Friday Feature: The Ride Over Gate

Friday Feature: The Ride Over Gate

Every livestock producer has daydreamed about automatic gates to make travel around ranches faster and easier.  But, it is too expensive to provide power and hydraulic cylinders for each pasture gate.  This week’s featured video was produced by the Wrangler Company in New Zealand to introduce their Ride Over GateThe ride over gate is a small, spring loaded gate that allows four wheelers, utility vehicles, and center pivot irrigation wheels to pass through fences to access pastures without ever having to stop to open and close the gate, with no electricity needed.  With their gate system, checking livestock on a utility vehicle can be much more convenient. 

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If you enjoyed this video, you might want to check out the featured videos from previous weeks:  Friday Features

If you come across an interesting or humorous video, or a new product innovation related to agriculture, please send in a link, so we can share it with our readers. Send video links to:  Doug Mayo

 

 

Featured Video:  Quick Brace Cable System for Fence H-Braces

Featured Video: Quick Brace Cable System for Fence H-Braces

This week’s featured video was produced by Kencove Farm Fence Supplies to demonstrate the Quick Brace cable system for fence H-braces.  If you have ever been aggravated twisting multiple wraps of wire to tighten braces, there is a new product that makes this process very quick, easy, and aesthetically pleasing.  Mark Mauldin (Washington County) and I saw this product demonstrated at a University of Georgia Fencing Field Day this week and felt it was worth sharing.  Pretty cool concept.  This might even be something you could make yourself at a reduced cost.

 

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If you enjoyed this video, you might want to check out the featured videos from previous weeks:  Friday Features

If you come across an interesting or humorous video related to agriculture, please send in a link, so we can share it with our readers. Send video links to:  Doug Mayo