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Commodities:Field Crops: Forages

Georgia Grazing School - 2011

SEPTEMBER 21 and 22, 2011 | UGA Animal and Dairy Sciences' Double Bridges Farm| Athens, GA

The 2011 Georgia Grazing School is now one for the recordbooks (see the photo album here). However, if you are interested in delving deeper into these topics, additional grazing information is provided here. Below are links to all the materials that were in the Grazing School notebook, and a few other articles that are only available on the web. For those who would like to download the entire 2011 Grazing School notebook as a pdf eBook, click here for the pdf. (Caution: this notebook is 900 pages long and the file is 115 MB, so a high-speed internet connection is RECOMMENDED.)

Table of Contents

Manipulating forage growth & grazing behavior: the essence of rational grazing
Southern Forages: Forage yield, distribution, and quality
Soil fertility and nutrient cycling in grazing systems
Managing, utilizing, and maintaining legumes
Grazing systems, methods, and tricks
Optimizing the size, number, and layout of your paddocks
Choosing the right fence, fence charger, & wire or tape for your grazing system
Selecting the right watering system and sizing for your grazing system
Paddock planning on the web: aerial farm photos and soils data
Extending the grazing season and critically evaluating novel grazing systems
Forage and grazing economics
A case study of grazing economics
Segregating herds based on animal class and nutritional need
Managing forage surplus
Managing forage deficits: quantity and quality
New weed management tools for grazed pastures
Cost-share programs that aid the transition
Risk management programs for livestock producers
Tying it all together: Evaluating a grazing system
Appendix

Section 1: Manipulating forage growth and grazing behavior PDF

Handouts:
  Behavior Facts (UT St. Univ.)
  Structure, Quality & Skills Influence Forage Intake (UT St. Univ.)

Section 2: Southern Forages: Yield, distribution, and quality PDF

Handouts:
  Georgia Forages: Grass Species
  Georgia Forages: Legume Species
  Novel Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue
  Selecting a Forage Bermudagrass Variety
  Stockpiling Tall Fescue for Fall and Winter Grazing
  Forage Physiology
Additional Articles Only on the Web:
  Understanding Forage Quality (National Publication)
  Small Grains, Ryegrass, and Clovers for Forage (Univ. of TN)

Section 3: Soil fertility and nutrient cycling in grazing systems PDF

Handouts:
  Soil and Fertilizer Management Considerations for Forage Systems in Georgia
  Poultry Litter Application on Pastures and Hayfields
  Are There Cheaper Inputs?
  Soil Testing

Section 4: Managing, utilizing, and maintaining legumes PDF

Handouts:
  White Clover Establishment and Management Guide
  Should Legumes be Included in My Grazing System?

Section 5: Grazing systems and methods

Handouts:
  What is Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) and what can it do for my farm?
  Common Grazing Methods and Some Specific Farm Applications
Additional Articles Only on the Web:
  Using Geotextiles For Feeding and Traffic Surfaces (Univ. of KY)

Section 6: Optimizing the size, number, & layout of paddocks PDF

Handouts:
  Grazier's Arithmetic – A Grazing Calculator (MS Excel Spreadsheet)
  Daily Forage Need – Calculator (MS Excel Spreadsheet)
  Grazing Wedge Calculator (MS Excel Spreadsheet)
  Using a Grazing Stick for Pasture Management (Univ. of KY)
  Grazing Stick Manual (Noble)

Section 7: Choosing the right fence, fence charger, and wire or tape for your grazing system PDF

Handouts:
  Fencing Options for Your Grazing System
  Fences for the Farm
  Electric Fencing for Serious Graziers (USDA-NRCS MO)
  Fences for Horses

Section 8: Selecting the right watering system and sizing the
water supply for your grazing system PDF

Handouts:
  Watering Options for Grazing Systems
  Watering Systems for Serious Graziers (USDA-NRCS MO)

Section 9: Paddock Planning on the Web: Aerial Farm Photos and Soils Data PDF

Links:
  Google Earth Download Page 
  Web Soil Survey
  To add a topo layer, download the USGS Topo Map Layer here and open it with Google Earth.
  To add a soils map layer, download the SoilWeb’s Google Earth Interface here and open it with Google Earth.
  Other tools from SoilWeb
  SoilWeb App
  AgriPlot (Acreage Measurement with iPhone)

 

Section 10: Extending the grazing season and critically evaluating novel grazing systems PDF

Handouts:
  Extending Grazing and Reducing Stored Feed Needs
  Fall Grazing Costs and Considerations
  Forage Brassicas for Winter Grazing Systems
 

Dealing With A Mob Mentality:
Part I
Part II
Part III

Section 11: Forage and grazing economics PDF

Handouts:
  The Economics of Rotational Grazing (Univ. of KY)
  The Economics of Rotational Grazing in the Gulf Coast Region: Costs, Returns, and Labor Considerations, Phase II
  Rotational Grazing: Will it Pay? (MS St. Univ)
  Partial Budgeting for Agricultural Businesses
  Capital Investment Analysis and Project Assessment
  Economics of Hay Production
Additional Articles Only on the Web:
  Livestock and Forage Budgets (MS Excel Spreadsheets)

Section 12: Grazing Economics Case Study PDF

Handouts:
  Partial Budgeting Form

Section 13: Segregating herds based on animal class and nutritional need PDF

Handouts:
  UGA Basic Balancer Instructions
  Feed Library
  Georgia Commodity Feed Sources
  Body Condition Scoring Beef Cows
  UGA Beef Cattle Records Worksheet
Additional Articles Only on the Web:
  UGA Basic Balancer (MS Excel Spreadsheet)
  UGA Feed Cost Analyzer (MS Excel Spreadsheet)

Section 14: Managing forage surplus PDF

Handouts:
  Management of Hay Production (Univ. of AR)
  Minimizing Losses in Hay Storage and Feeding
  Baling Forage Crops for Silage (Univ. of KY)
  Baled Silage: Frequently Asked Questions
  Some Points on Feeding Baled Silage

Section 15: Managing forage deficit PDF

Handouts:
  Using By-Product Feeds

Section 16: New weed management tools for grazed pastures PDF

Handouts:
  Grazing Impacts on Pasture Composition
  Grass Pasture and Hay Field Herbicides
  Weed response to herbicides used in pasture, hay and forage crops
  Weed control in grass pastures and hayfields
  Clover weed control
  Temporary winter grazing weed control
  Temporary summer grazing weed control

Section 17: Cost-share programs that aid the transition PDF

Handouts:
 

NRCS Construction Specification: Electric Fence Code 382

 

NRCS Construction Specification: Fence Code 382

Section 18: Risk management programs for livestock producers PDF

Handouts:
  A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Using Futures, Options, LRP Insurance, or AGR-Lite Insurance to Manage Risk for Cow-calf Producers
  Livestock Risk Protection
  A Risk Management Agency Fact Sheet: Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Pilot Insurance Program
  A Risk Management Agency Fact Sheet: Livestock Risk Protection – Fed Cattle
  A Risk Management Agency Fact Sheet: Livestock Risk Protection – Feeder Cattle
  A Risk Management Agency Fact Sheet: Livestock Risk Protection – Lamb
  Rainfall Index Plan Common Policy
  Livestock Risk Protection Insurance Policy
  Lamb – Livestock Risk Protection (LRP)

 

Section 19:Tying it all together PDF

Handouts:
  Forage Systems for Stocker Cattle
  Management Strategies for Cool-Season Annual Pastures and Stocker Cattle
  Enhancing Stocker Gains from Bermudagrass Pastures

Appendix:

Handouts:
  Rotational Grazing (Univ. of KY)
  Forage Systems for Horses in Georgia
  Managing Grazing of Horses (OK St. Univ.)
  Horse Feeding Behavior
  Forage Use and Grazing Herd Management During Drought
  Pasture Condition Score Guide
  Pasture Condition Score Sheet
  Pasture Condition Score Spreadsheet
Additional Weblinks
  How to Make Cattle Mineral Feeder

 

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