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Regional Meetings on Grazing Herd Management during Drought

A severe and sustained drought is stressful to the grazing herd, pastures, and herdsman. However, there are many things that producers can do to minimize the long-term effects of drought. It is important to understand the options that are available to be able to plan for the future. Extension Specialists, County Extension Agents, and staff from the University of Georgia organized a series of regional meetings that were held in several locations across Georgia. These locations and dates are listed below.

Calhoun (Mon., June 18, 7 p.m. Gordon Co. Farm Bureau)
Dahlonega (Mon., July 2, 7 p.m. Lumpkin Co. Park & Rec. Center)
Macon (Thurs. July 5, 7 p.m. Georgia Farm Bureau Office Auditorium)
Athens (Mon. July 9, 7 p.m. Livestock Arena)
Plains (Mon. July 16, 7 p.m. SOWEGA REC)
Bainbridge (Tues. July 17, 7 p.m. Decatur County Extension Office)
Statesboro (Thurs. July 19, 7 p.m. Bulloch County Ag Center)

Please Note: These meetings occurred in 2007.

These meetings covered the topics listed below. For a printout of the slides that were presented, click on the topic heading: Handouts and additional material provided at the meetings are located

  1) Introduction & Overview
  2) Weather Situation and Outlook (Current Data)
  3) Economic Considerations
    a) How long do I hold on?
    b) Marketing strategies
    c) Tax implications of weather forced sales
  4) Forages (North GA | South GA)
    a) Summer annuals as emergency forage
    b) Overgrazing/stand-loss
    c) Planning for fall/winter
  5) Feeding & Management
    a) Stretching forage supplies
    b) Feeding options & other management considerations
  6) Panel Discussion (Question and Answer)