Wyoming Grazing School Set for June 2-5

UW Extension program to be held at Duncan Ranch.

Published on: Apr 24, 2014

A four-day class to coax more out of pastures, extend  grazing seasons and reduce or eliminate the need for harvested feed will be held by the University of Wyoming Extension Service in Glenrock.

The Management-intensive Grazing School June 2-5 at the Duncan Ranch consists of hands-on applications of concepts on the ranch.

Participants will be taught focused on profitability and pasture production, how to design and implement a Management-intensive Grazing program.

Jim Gerrish, who operates a ranch near May, Idaho, will lead the school, notes Dallas Mount, Wheatland Extension director.

"The difference between high-profit and low-profit cow-calf operations can usually come down to the amount of harvested feed the operation uses," says Mount.

Wyomings Management-intensive Grazing four-day class is scheduled for June 2-5, but registration closes in mid-May.
Wyoming's Management-intensive Grazing four-day class is scheduled for June 2-5, but registration closes in mid-May.

"This school teaches a way to reduce the cost of harvesting and feeding and improve pasture productivity. I'm very excited Jim Gerrish will be coming back to Wyoming to lead this school. There is no one with more practical experience and knowledge about Management-intensive Grazing than Jim."

The grazing school is the third time such a program has been offered in Wyoming. The first two near Wheatland concluded with what Mount calls "great results."

Cost of the four-day school is $300 per person, or $500 for two from the same operation. The fee includes all noon meals and materials needed for the classroom.

"The schools have averaged 30 participants each, and they have come from five different states to participate," Mount notes. "All the participants reported that the school was well worth their investment in time and money."

Other sponsors of the UW event include Western Sustainable Research and Education, Wyoming Private Grazing Lands Team, Jonah Bank and Converse County Bank.

For more information, contact your local Extension office or Extension Educator Ashley Gerrelts at (307) 358-2417, or Mount at (307) 322-3667.

A full brochure and registration details are on line as well at http://plattecountyextension.com.

Registration deadline is May 16.