Grazing workshop offers classroom and hands-on opportunities

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Aug 29, 2008
by WLJ

Grazing workshop offers classroom and hands-on opportunities

Livestock and wildlife producers, land managers, and others interested in learning about managing and optimizing their grazing lands are invited to attend a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) workshop in Cresson, TX, on Sept. 10, 2008, at the Bear Creek Ranch.

The "My Piece of Texas" grazing workshops are a series that will teach attendees how to estimate forage production, determine grazeable acres, set proper stocking rates, and other grazing management principles. This workshop is one of five in the grazing workshop series.

There is a $25 registration fee which includes lunch and a copy of the newly published handbook titled Managing My Piece of Texas. The handbook was peer reviewed by ranchers throughout Texas after being developed by grazing specialists from the Texas GLCI, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, and NRCS.

Attendees can expect to receive valuable information about managing grazing lands through classroom instruction during the morning session. After lunch, outdoor demonstrations will provide hands-on instruction targeting forage production and management presentations in the field.

"Balancing animal demand with forage supply has long been a cornerstone principle of grazing management," said Jeff Goodwin, NRCS rangeland management specialist in Corsicana, TX. "This grazing workshop will not only reinforce those principles, but will cover an array of grazing topics that a rancher can take home and implement right away."

Sponsors for the grazing workshop are NRCS, Texas GLCI, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Parker Co. Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and Texas Section of Society for Range Management.

For those who plan on attending the grazing workshop, please call the Parker Co. SWCD at 817/594-4672 and RSVP by Sept. 5, 2008. For more information, please contact Jeff Goodwin at 903/874-5131 Ext.3, or Randy Henry at 817/467-3867. GLCI information can be obtained at or Texas NRCS Web site at — WLJ