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Commodities:Field Crops: Forages

Georgia Grazing School - 2017

September 19-20, 2017 | UGA Athens Campus | Athens, Ga

The 2017 Georgia Advanced Grazing School is now one for the recordbooks. 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 2017 Grazing School notebook as a pdf eBook, click here for part 1 and part 2. (Caution: this notebook is 350+ pages long and the file is 60+ MB in total, so a high-speed internet connection is RECOMMENDED.)

Table of Contents

  1. Manipulating forage growth and grazing behavior
  2. Southern Forages: Forage yield, distribution, and quality
  3. Segregating herds based on animal class and nutiritonal need
  4. Optimizing the size, number, and layout of your paddocks
  5. Sketching out the Ideal: Planning the grazing system
  6. Economics of Better Grazing Management
  7. "The Power of One Wire"
  8. Water supply and fencing options
  9. Review of research results from the Better Grazing Project
  10. Legume nitrogen fixation
  11. Benefits of crop rotation and multi-species mixtures
  12. Get your hands dirty! - Quick hands-on demonstrations
  13. The role and management of dung beetles in pastures
  14. Earthworm populations in the soil
  15. Soil organic matter benefits
  16. Soil compaction and the lay of the land
  17. Nutrient cycling and loss in pasture-based systems: Implications for fertilization
  18. Soil health measures: Interpretation and practical application
  19. Good grazing = Inc. soil moisture, Inc. soil health, and lower erosion
  20. Appendix: Demonstrations, Farm Profiles, and Misc. Resources

 

 

Section 1: Manipulating forage growth and grazing behavior PDF

                       Speaker: Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA

 

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

 

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

                       Speaker: Philip Brown, NRCS Grazinglands Specialist

 

Handouts:
  Principles of Plant Growth...Factors which Affect Growth and Persistence of Plants and Implications for Grazing Management
  Forage Physiology
  Small Grains, Ryegrass, and Clovers for Forage (Univ. of TN)

 

Section 3: Segregating herds based on animal class and nutritional need PDF

                       Speaker: Dr. Lawton Stewart, UGA

 

Handouts:
  Body Condition Scoring Beef Cows
  Georgia Commodity Feed Sources
  Feed Library
  Feeding Considerations for Byproduct Feeding
  UGA Record Keeping Data Sheet

 

Section 4: Optimizing the size, number, and layout of your paddocks PDF

                       Speaker: Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA

 

Handouts:
  Grazier's Arithmetic – A Grazing Calculator (MS Excel Spreadsheet)
  Daily Forage Need – Calculator (MS Excel Spreadsheet)
  Grazing Wedge Calculator (MS Excel Spreadsheet)

 

Section 5: Sketching out the Ideal: Planning the grazing system PDF

                       Speaker: Philip Brown, NRCS Grazinglands Specialist

 

Handouts:
  Guide Sheet for Developing a Prescribed Grazing System
  Five Frequently Asked Pasture Questions
  Top 10 Traits of a Successful Grazing Land Manager
  Web Soil Survey
  Factors and Practices that Influence Livestock Distribution

 

Section 6: Economics of better grazing management PDF

                       Speaker: Dr. Levi Russell, UGA

 

Handouts:
  Rotational Grazing: Will It Pay?
  Partial Budget Form
  Amortization Table

 

Section 7: The Power of One Wire PDF

                       Speaker: Johnny Rogers, NCSU's Amazing Grazing Program

 

Handouts:
  The Power of One Wire

 

Section 8: Water supply and fencing options

                       Speakers: Johnny Rogers, NCSU and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA

 

Handouts:
  Watering Options for Grazing Systems
  Watering Systems for Serious Graziers
  Hydraulic Ram Made from Standard Plumbing Parts
  Hydraulic Rams for Off-Stream Livestock Watering
  Fencing Options for Grazing Systems
  Troubleshooting Electric Fence
  Electric Fencing for Serious Graziers

 

Section 9: Review of research results from the Better Grazing Program

                       Speaker: Dr. Dory Franklin, UGA

 

Section 10: Legume nitrogen fixation PDF

                          Speaker: Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA

 

Section 11: Benefits of crop roation and multi-species mixtures PDF

                         Speaker: Julia Gaskin, UGA

 

Section 12: Soil Web: Bacteria, fungi, and nematode populations in the soil

                       Speakers: Dr. Dory Franklin, UGA and Laura Ney, PhD student, UGA

 

Section 13: Get your hands dirty! - Quick hands-on demonstrations

                         Speaker: Tayler Denman, MS student, UGA

 

Handouts:
  Get Your Hands Dirty! - Soil Demonstrations

 

Section 14: The role and management of dung beetles in pastures PDF

                          Speaker: Johnny Rogers, NCSU's Amazing Grazing Program

 

Handouts:
  Dung Beetles of Central and Eastern North Carolina Cattle Pastures

 

Section 15: Earthworm populations in the soil PDF

                    Speaker: Dan Wallace, USDA-NRCS Georgia Resource Inventory Coordinator                      

Section 16: Soil Organic Matter Benefits

                         Speaker: Dr. Miguel Cabrera, UGA

 

Section 17: Soil Compaction and the lay of the land

                         Speaker: Dr. Dory Franklin, Subash Dahal, and Laura Ney, UGA

 

Section 18: Nutrient cycling and loss in pasture-based systems: Implications for fertilization

                          Speaker: Drs. Dory Franklin and Miguel Cabrera, UGA

 

Section 19: Soil health measures: Interpretation and practical application

                     Speaker: Drs. Dory Franklin and Miguel Cabrera, UGA

 

Section 20: Good Grazing = Inc. soil moisture, inc. soil health, and lower erosion

 

Handouts from the Rainfall Simulator Demonstration:
  Unlock the Secrets in the Soil, Basics and Benefits
  Unlock Your Farm's Potential, Discover the Cover
  Unlock Your Farm's Potential, Do Not Disturb
  Soil Organic Matter: The Pasture's Temperature Gauge
  Healthy, Productive Soils Checklist for Growers
  Healthy Soils are: Covered All the Time
  Healthy Soils are: Well-Structured
  Managing Pasture and Range Soil Health

 

Appendix:

 

Other Handouts:
  What is Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) and what can it do for my farm?
  A Quick Guide to Grazing Methods
  Pasture Condition Score Sheet
  Pasture Condition Score Spreadsheet
  Grazing Stick Instruction Manual
  Using a Grazing Stick for Pasture Management
  Extending Grazing and Reducing Stored Feed Needs
  Using Geotextiles for Feeding and Traffic Surfaces
  NRCS Five Steps to Assistance Factsheet
  Locate Your Local NRCS Service Center
  Entity Steps for: Applying for Conservation Programs NRCS
  Individual Steps for: Applying for Conservation Programs NRCS

 

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