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Georgia Grazing School - 2013

August 7 and 8, 2013 | Oconee County Civic Center and J.P. Campbell Research and Education Center | Watkinsville, Ga

The 2013 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 2013 Grazing School notebook as a pdf eBook, click here for the pdf. (Caution: this notebook is 408 pages long and the file is 48.9 MB, so a high-speed internet connection is RECOMMENDED.)

Table of Contents

 

Manipulating forage growth and grazing behavior
Southern Forages: Forage yield, distribution, and quality
Soil fertility and nutrient cycling in grazing systems
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
Segregating herds based on animal class and nutritional need
Managing forage surplus and deficits
Cost assistance programs that aid the transition
Forage and grazing economics
Risk management programs for livestock producers
Tying it all together: Measure, monitor, and manage
New weed management tools for grazed pastures
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
  Forage Physiology
  Novel Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue
  Stockpiling Tall Fescue for Fall and Winter Grazing
  Selecting a Forage Bermudagrass Variety
  White Clover Establishment and Management Guide
  Should Legumes be Included in My Grazing System?
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: Grazing systems, methods, and tricks PDF

 

Handouts:
  What is Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) and what can it do for my farm?
  Common Grazing Methods and Some Specific Farm Applications

Section 5: Optimizing the size, number, and 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 6: 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 7: 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)
  Using Geotextiles for Feeding and Traffic Surfaces
  Hydraulic Rams for Off-Stream Livestock Watering
  Hydraulic Ram Made from Standard Plumbing Parts

 

Section 8: Segregating herds based on animal class and nutritional needs PDF

 

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

 

Section 9: Managing forage surplus and deficits 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
  Using By-Product Feeds

 

Section 10: Cost assistance programs that aid the transition PDF

 

Handouts:
 

NRCS Construction Specification: Electric Fence Code 382

  Local NRCS Service Center
  Template: Individual Steps for: Applying for Conservation Programs NRCS
  Template: Individual Steps for: Applying for Conservation Programs NRCS

 

Section 11: Forage and grazing economics PDF

 

Handouts:
  Rotational Grazing: Will it Pay? (MS St. Univ)
  Partial Budget Form
  Amortization Table
Additional Articles Only on the Web:
  Livestock and Forage Budgets (MS Excel Spreadsheets)

 

Section 12: Risk management programs for livestock producers PDF

 

Handouts:
  USDA Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Rainfall Index PRF Crop Provisions
  A Risk Management Agency Fact Sheet: Livestock Risk Protection - Feeder Cattle
  USDA Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Livestock Risk Protection Policy, Specific Coverage Endorsement - Feeder Cattle
  Feeder Cattle - Livestock Risk Protection, Premium Calculation
  SWOT Analysis (USDA)
  Risk Management Checklist (USDA)

 

 

Section 13: Tying it all together: Meausre, monitor, and manage PDF

 

Handouts:
  Forage Systems for Stocker Cattle
  Forage Brassicas for Winter Grazing Systems
  Extending Grazing and Reducing Stored Feed Needs
  Something to Ruminate On
  Dealing With A Mob Mentality:
Part I
Part II
Part III

 

Section 14: 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
  Temporary Winter Grazing Weed Control
  Temporary Summer Grazing Weed Control

 

Section 15: Stockmanship and stewardship PDF

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 aDrought
  Pasture Condition Score Guide
  Pasture Condition Score Sheet
  Pasture Condition Score Spreadsheet
Additional Weblinks
  How to Make Cattle Mineral Feeder

 

 

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