Idaho-Livestock operators with irrigated pastures can learn how to increase the productivity of their livestock and forages and decrease the costs of fertilizing, harvesting and feeding hay by participating in a Sept. 11-14 University of Idaho Extension workshop at the Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center north of Salmon.
Focused on management-intensive grazing of irrigated pasture, the Lost Rivers Grazing Academy is designed for producers and other agricultural professionals and offers plenty of practice along with management principles. Participants learn how to design and manage grazing cells, water systems and electric fencing. They apply low-stress cattle-handling techniques and find out how to reduce their winter feed costs by stockpiling standing forage and drawing on their livestock's "fat banks."
The Lost Rivers Grazing Academy is taught by University of Idaho Extension faculty and by grazing lands consultant Jim Gerrish. Gerrish, of American GrazingLands Services LLC in May, Idaho, will share two decades of expertise in beef-forage systems research. Formerly of the University of Missouri's Forage Systems Research Center, he writes grazing columns for Beef magazine and the Stockman Grass Farmer and has authored a book on management-intensive grazing.
The workshop's pre-registration deadline is Sept. 4. Its $450-per-person registration fee includes continental breakfasts, meals and all materials. Farmers and ranchers who register as part of a management team pay $450 for the first team member and $225 for each additional member. For more information, call University of Idaho Extension educators Jim Hawkins at (208) 879-2344 in Challis, Chad Cheyney at (208) 527-8587 in Arco or Scott Jensen at (208) 896-4104 in Marsing.