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2014 Grazing Academy to Highlight Drought Planning
This year’s California Grazing Academy will again feature participants working in teams and having a herd of cattle to manage. We will cover principles of controlled grazing, pasture and range ecology, working with temporary electric fencing, cell design, range nutrition and supplementation, feed budgeting, grazing planning, and monitoring.
There will be added presentations and activities related to drought planning. You will leave the academy with the ability to estimate the days of grazing that you have if you assumed no more rainfall. This is normally done at the end of the annual rangeland growing season, but can be used when you have dry conditions and are trying to determine how many days of grazing you have left. This is all related to estimating carrying capacity.
Those estimates of carrying capacity will be paired with a feed budgeting to determine how many days of grazing you have with your current stocking rate. We can then make quick adjustments to assess the impact of different culling levels on stretching remaining forage resources without having to rely on feeding hay.
Grazing planning will enable you to see how to map out the grazing on your property or those that you lease. Mapping out the grazing determines if we are meeting rest period targets and see how we can plan animal moves to fit best with the production year. For example, what paddocks do we want to graze when animals are having babies or being bred. The 2014 California Grazing Academy can help you get started on developing your drought plan for your ranch. Sign up today.
Click here for more information and to register. Enrollment fee includes lodging (dorm or camping) and meals
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