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Georgia Grazing School - 2015

September 15-16, 2015 | Carroll County Extension Office and Agri-Center Carrollton, Ga

The 2015 Georgia 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 2015 Grazing School notebook as a pdf eBook, click here for the pdf. (Caution: this notebook is 400+ pages long and the file is 57.3 MB, 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: Soil fertility and nutrient cycling in grazing systems
4: Managing, utilizing, and maintaining legumes
5: Grazing systems, methods, and tricks
6: Segregating herds based on animal class and nutritional need
7: Optimizing the size, number, and layout of your paddocks
8: Managing forage surplus and deficits
9: Choosing the right fence, fence charger, & wire or tape for your grazing system
10: Selecting the right watering system & sizing the supply for your grazing system
11: Economics of better grazing management
12: Cost assistance programs that aid the transition
13: New weed management tools for grazed pastures
14: Extending the grazing season and critically evaluating novel grazing systems
15: Sketching out the ideal – planning the grazing system
16: Weeds are great forage – teach your livestock to eat them
Appendix: Demonstrations, Farm Profiles, and Misc. Resources

Section 1: Manipulating forage growth and grazing behavior PDF

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

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

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)
  Georgia Forages: Grass Species
  Georgia Forages: Legume Species
  Novel Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue
  Stockpiling Tall Fescue for Fall and Winter Grazing
  Selecting a Forage Bermudagrass Variety
  White Clover Establishment and Management Guide

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

Handouts:
  The Impacts of Management Intensive Grazing on Soil Organic Matter
  Are There Cheaper Inputs? A Look at Municipal Biosolids for Forages
  Soil Testing
  Soil and Fertilizer Management Considerations for Forage Systems in Georgia
  Poultry Litter Application on Pastures and Hayfields
   

Section 4: Managing, utilizing, and maintaining legumes PDF

Handouts:
  Gearing up for Winter Grazing
  Should Legumes be Included in my Grazing System?
  Renovating Hay and Pasture Fields
  White Clover Establishment and Management Guide

Section 5: Grazing systems, methods, and tricks PDF

Handouts:
  What is Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) and what can it do for my farm?
  A Quick Guide to Grazing Methods

Section 6: Segregating herds based on animal class and nutritional need PDF

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

Section 7: 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)

Section 8: Managing forage surplus and deficits PDF

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

Section 9: Choosing the right fence, fence charger, and wire or tape for your grazing system PDF

Handouts:
  Fencing Options for Grazing Systems
  Fences for the Farm
  Fences for Horses
  Electric Fencing for Serious Grazers

Section 10: Selecting the right watering system and sizing the water supply for your grazing system PDF

Handouts:
  Watering Options for Grazing Systems
  Hydraulic Ram Made from Standard Plumbing Parts
  Hydraulic Rams for Off-Stream Livestock Watering
  Using Geotextiles for Feeding and Traffic Surfaces
  Watering Systems for Serious Graziers

Section 11: Economics of better grazing management PDF

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

Section 12: Cost-share programs that aid the transition PDF

Handouts:
 

NRCS 5 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

Section 13: New weed management tools for grazed pastures PDF

Handouts:
  Weed Control in Grass Pastures and Hayfields
  Temporary Summer Grazing Weed Control
  Temporary Winter Grazing Weed Control
  Weed Response to Herbicides Used in Pasture, Hay and Forage Crops
  Grass Pasture and Hay Field Herbicides
  Grazing Impacts on Pasture Composition

Section 14: Extending the grazing season and critically evaluating novel grazing systems PDF

Handouts:
  Forage Brassicas for Winter Grazing Systems
  Dealing with a Mob Mentality: Part I
  Dealing with a Mob Mentality: Part II
  Dealing with a Mob Mentality: Part III
  Extending Grazing and Reducing Stored Feed Needs
  Forage Systems for Stocker Cattle

Section 15: Sketching out the ideal -- planning the grazing system PDF

Handouts:
  Web Soil Survey
  Factors and Practices that Influence Livestock Distribution

Section 16: Weeds are great forage -- teach your livestock to eat them

Handouts:
  Everything you Need to Know About Teaching Cows to Eat Weeds

Appendix:

Handouts from the sprayer calibration exercise and lightbar demo:
  Calibration Method for Hydraulic Boom and Band Sprayers and Other Liquid Applicators
  Calibration Method for Boomless Broadcast Sprayers
  Calibration Method for Granular Applications
  Calibration of Backpack Sprayers
  Pesticide Rate and Dosage Calculations

 

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
  Healthy, Productive Soils Checklist for Growers
  Healthy Soils are: Covered All the Time
  Healthy Soils are: Well-Structured

 

Other Handouts:
  Still Water Farm Profile (Terry Chandler)
  H & S Farm Profile (Stober Family)
  Guide to Pasture Condition Scoring
  Pasture Condition Score Sheet
  Pasture Condition Score Spreadsheet
  Grazing Stick Instruction Manual
  Using a Grazing Stick for Pasture Management

 

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