Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Management-intensive Grazing Schools for 2013 Begin in Halfway April 30

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
Tel: (417) 881-8909

A variety of different locations in southwest Missouri will host Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) Schools during 2013.

Also known as rotational grazing management, producers who follow the MiG system manage for both the benefit of livestock and forage. Livestock graze in each pasture long enough to harvest the forage but are moved before eating too much of the leaf area.

The result is lower feed costs and improved forage production. That means more money in the pocket of the beef cattle producer.

The 2013 locations and dates are as follows:

Halfway: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on April 30 and May 3, 7 and 10 along with a daytime field tour on May 4. Contact: Dallas Co SWCD at 417-345-2312, ext 3.

Mt Vernon: May 8, 9 and 10 (daytime), contact the Lawrence County SWCD, 417-466-7682, ext 3

Ozark: daytime on May 21, 22 and 23, contact Aaron Hoefer at 417-581-2719, ext. 3.

Neosho: June 11, 12 and 13 (daytime), contact: Nathan Witt, 417-451-1077, ext.3.

Greenfield: daytime on Sept. 12, 13 and 14, contact the Cedar County SWCD at 417-276-3388, ext. 3.

Marshfield: daytime on Sept. 24, 25 and 26, contact Mark Emerson, 417-468-4176 ex. 3.

Bois D’Arc: (10 miles NW of Springfield): October 22, 23 and 24 (daytime). Contact: Greene County SWCD, 417-831-5246 Ext. 3.

There is a limit on attendance at each location and the enrollment fee varies.

Grazing schools started in 1995. Since that time, the schools have been held at various locations, dates and in different formats to meet the diverse needs of livestock producers.

To date, literally thousands of individuals have attended the schools to learn about the basic principles and practices of MiG. The schools have also helped livestock producers qualify for thousands of dollars in various cost-share programs through NRCS or FSA.

USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Missouri Extension and the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsor the MiG school. University of Missouri Extension specialists from southwest Missouri teach many of the sessions during the school.

Registration forms and fees can be obtained at the NRCS office on Hwy. B, Springfield, Mo., or by contacting Mark Green at (417) 831-5246 or via e-mail at Information is also available online


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