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Commodities: Field Crops: Forages

Georgia Grazing School - 2017


Grazing SchoolUGA Extension will host an Advanced Grazing School on Sept. 19 and 20 in Athens, GA. This two-day workshop will focus on low-cost fencing options, portable watering systems, soil health measures, nutrient cycling in pastures, and soil, root, and microbe interactions. For more details, see the Topics section below.

Training will take place in both classroom and field settings. Multiple classroom lectures addressing soil health and grazing management will be combined with pasture exhibitions. Demonstrations of fencing and watering options will highlight valuable management practices for livestock producers.

Cost of the two day program is $150 for the first person from each farm ($75/person for each additional person from each farm/family) and includes lunches and breaks on each day, dinner on the first night, and a grazing school handbook. Participants are responsible for lodging. Registration is limited to 75 participants and is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Inside Cows Grazing School


Topics Covered in the Classroom


  • Forage yield, distribution, and quality
  • Manipulating forage growth and animal behavior
  • Grazing systems, methods, and design
  • Fenching, water, and shade system considerations
  • Nutrient cycling and loss in pastures
  • Benefits of soil organic matter
  • Interpretation of soil health measures
  • Bacteria, fungi, and nematode populations in the soil
  • Multi-species mixes and crop rotation



Grazing School Calhoun Grazing School Outside


Hands-On Learning Experiences

Participants will be performing a number of training exercises in the pastures on our research farms. Topics addressed in the field will be:


  • Electric fence system design
  • Water system design
  • Soil infiltration rate
  • Pasture species and root development
  • Testing soil for aluminum toxicity
  • Earthworm activity and biology




Registration for the conference is now open! Register quickly, as we often run out of room. The deadline for registration is Sept. 12th.

If you have questions about the registration process, please contact Cathy Felton in our office from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (706-310-3464).

Hotel/Lodging Options

We do not have an official hotel for this event. However, there are multiple hotel options in Athens. Below are some of those options.


Holiday Inn Express - University Area  513 W. Broad Street
Athens, GA 30601

Springhill Suites by Marriott

3500 Daniells Bridge Rd
Athens, GA 30606



The topics covered section above provides a basic overview of the Grazing School. The full agenda for this event will be available soon.