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Iowa grazing workshops with Jim Gerrish set for August

A series of five workshops featuring grazing consultant Jim Gerrish will be held in different locations across Iowa Aug. 18-22. Primary organizer Joe Sellers said each session includes classroom discussions and pasture walks at local farms, with Gerrish as the featured speaker.

“Topics include maintaining plant diversity to increase production and environmental benefits, using annual and perennial forage crops in your grazing system, and reducing cow costs with extended grazing,” he said. “Jim’s experience includes more than 20 years of beef forage systems research as a University of Missouri faculty member, as well as 20 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on his family farm.”

Sellers, who is a beef program specialist with Iowa Beef Center (IBC) through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said each local meeting also includes brief updates on current Iowa forage and beef production topics.

“Presenters from IBC, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will share their expertise and information,” he said. “The host farmers also will talk about their experiences with a variety of pasture techniques.”

The fee for each session is $40 for the public or $20 for current IFGC, ICA or PFI members. Walk-in registration is $10 extra. A Gerrish session is included in both the 2014 Greenhorn Grazing and 2014 Certified Grazier registration fees, so there is no additional cost for participants in those courses. Fees are payable to Lucas County Extension or to the local site coordinator.

The following session is in Maxwell on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1 p.m.: Grazing workshop at Maxwell Community Center, 4:30 p.m., pasture walk/barbecue at the Bruce Carney farm, Maxwell.

For more information or to preregister, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or email at sellers@iastate.edu.

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