3.04.2014

Olsburg Ranch Tour to Highlight Low Stress Livestock Handling

Two Olsburg ranches will highlight working facilities, on May 3, that utilize low stress methods to quietly and effectively process cattle, sheep and goats. The tour highlighting low stress handling will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. at the Edwards Ranch, 15225 Dry Creek Road, Olsburg. The working facility designed by Bill, that he can operate alone, will be demonstrated starting at 10:00.

 A catered, noon picnic lunch will be served at the Joseph Hubbard Barn, 5025 Highway 16, Olsburg.  Joseph raises sheep and goats and has designed and will demonstrate the facility using Bud Williams philosophies for low stress, small animal handling.

 Alan Hubbard is one of the first ranchers in Northeast Kansas to adopt Rotational Grazing (MiG, Management-intensive Grazing). Alan will present his lessons learned with cattle handling and grazing management.  The tour will then resume to the low stress facilities designed to work in sync with livestock psychology and behavior to minimize stress and improve safety to both the animals and the rancher. The tour should conclude by 4:00 p.m. 
Registration is $15.00 and includes lunch. Please register online here.  For questions or folks with no email to register: Call Mary Howell at 785-562-8726.

This tour is the last “Amazing Grazing” event sponsored with funding from North Central Risk Management Education Center, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  Partners include the Kansas Farmers Union, Kansas SARE, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, Kansas Graziers, Kansas NRCS, and Kansas Grazing Land Coalition.

Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop, April 12th, with Dr Lynn Locatelli, DVM

This workshop, part of the Amazing Grazing Series of Educational Events, will be offered April 12, 2014 at Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 1616 W. Crawford St. in Salina, KS. 785-823-1791.

People’s interaction with livestock can have either a negative or positive impact on animal
health, performance, and subsequent handling ease. Cattlexpressions Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop will explain how to reduce stress on animals and their handlers during several critical points: cow-calf, backgrounding, stocker and feedlot operations.

Dr Lynn Locatelli of Cattlexpressions is a student of renowned animal handling expert Bud Williams. Dr Lynn began her veterinary career in Benkelman, Nebraska after graduating from UC Davis, and has 19 years of experience in both large animal veterinary practice and consultation. She educates many by private consultation and as a national and international speaker at veterinary seminars and cattleman’s conferences. She resides in Watrous, New Mexico.

PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US FOR THIS VERY INFORMATIVE WORKSHOP!
8:00 Registration
9:00 Welcome
9:05 Understanding Cattle Behavior in Order to Modify Our Behavior And Effectively Communicate with Cattle
10:00 Bud Williams Low Stress Cattle Handling Concepts and Techniques for Cattle Movement
11:00 Managing Cattle Movement During Grazing
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Cow-Calf Production Event Management and Calf-Formative Behavior
2:00 Weaning, Acclimation and Transition Management
3:00 Processing and Shipping Facilities Design, Trouble Shooting and Effective Use
4:00 Wrap-Up and Questions, Turn in Evaluations

Everyone has a little different opinion about what low stress animal handling means. Plan to attend this Low Stress Cattle Handling session to learn cattle handling techniques that will improve cattle health, well being, performance, handler safety and profitability in your operation.

Registration for the day is $25.00. You can register online or download a registration form and mail it to the address given. A block of rooms for $52.00 is reserved at Salina Ramada, 785-823-1791.

12.24.2013

Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop, February 8th, with Dr Lynn Locatelli, DVM

POSTPONED
 Due to poor current weather conditions and additional forecasted storms for later in the week, the Low-Stress Cattle Handling Workshop has been postponed.
We're working with Dr. Locatelli to select another date later in the spring.
Check back for updates, or better yet, use the sign-up box at the right to get Amazing Grazing Project news.
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This workshop, part of the Amazing Grazing Series of Educational Events, will be offered February 8, 2014 at Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 1616 W. Crawford St. in Salina, KS. 785-823-1791.

People’s interaction with livestock can have either a negative or positive impact on animal
health, performance, and subsequent handling ease. Cattlexpressions Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop will explain how to reduce stress on animals and their handlers during several critical points: cow-calf, backgrounding, stocker and feedlot operations.

Dr Lynn Locatelli of Cattlexpressions is a student of renowned animal handling expert Bud Williams. Dr Lynn began her veterinary career in Benkelman, Nebraska after graduating from UC Davis, and has 19 years of experience in both large animal veterinary practice and consultation. She educates many by private consultation and as a national and international speaker at veterinary seminars and cattleman’s conferences. She resides in Watrous, New Mexico.

PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US FOR THIS VERY INFORMATIVE WORKSHOP!
8:00 Registration
9:00 Welcome
9:05 Understanding Cattle Behavior in Order to Modify Our Behavior And Effectively Communicate with Cattle
10:00 Bud Williams Low Stress Cattle Handling Concepts and Techniques for Cattle Movement
11:00 Managing Cattle Movement During Grazing
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Cow-Calf Production Event Management and Calf-Formative Behavior
2:00 Weaning, Acclimation and Transition Management
3:00 Processing and Shipping Facilities Design, Trouble Shooting and Effective Use
4:00 Wrap-Up and Questions, Turn in Evaluations

Everyone has a little different opinion about what low stress animal handling means. Plan to attend this Low Stress Cattle Handling session to learn cattle handling techniques that will improve cattle health, well being, performance, handler safety and profitability in your operation.

Registration for the day is $25.00. You can register online or download a registration form and mail it to the address given. A block of rooms for $52.00 is reserved until January 19, 2014 at Salina Ramada, 785-823-1791.

2014 Kansas Graziers Association’s Winter Grazing Conference set for January 25th in Salina

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Kansas Graziers Association and the Annual Winter Grazing Conference. “Grazing and Soil Health” is the focus of this year’s winter conference including a component on “The Value of Cover Crops”. This workshop, part of the Amazing Grazing Series of Educational Events, will be offered January 25, 2014 at Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 1616 W. Crawford St. in Salina, KS.

The conference will feature three Kansas NRCS specialists; David Kraft, state range specialist, Chad Remley, state soil scientist, and Candy Thomas, state agronomist. The conference will also feature producers sharing their experiences grazing cover crops.

A new feature of this year’s workshop is an invitation to everyone to submit any “Good, Bad  or Otherwise…Ideas” that have been tried at your ranch that graziers can learn from. I have always said, “The beauty of Kansas Graziers Association is that we so openly share and learn from each other. We don’t have enough time or money in life to make all of the mistakes ourselves!” Ideas will need to be displayed as the actual genius grazing device, in a poster, notebook type fashion, or a ‘short’ presentation for the group. If you have something to share please contact Mary Howell at kfu.mary@gmail.com so she has an idea of how to organize the exchange. Graziers have many great ideas and inventions to make our jobs easier. Let’s share what we know. This could be really fun! There may also be some prizes awarded for winning ideas. Please plan to join us for a very educational and as always enjoyable day.

Kansas Graziers will host a social at Conference Headquarters in the Atrium starting at 7:30 P.M. Friday, January 24, 2014. All graziers are invited to attend and enjoy the networking, snacks and refreshments. Please note on your registration form if you plan to attend the social, for planning food.

Early Registration for the day is $50.00 by January 20. After that, or at the door, $60.00. Click here for online registration. You can also register by mail by downloading a registration form and mailing it to the address given. A block of rooms for $52.00 is reserved thru January 20, 2014 at Salina Ramada, 785-823-1739.

10.23.2013

Fall Forage Tour: Carry More Cattle by Acquiring More Land OR by Making the Land You Have More Productive?

Cattlemen and producers are invited to the Fall Forage Tour, Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2013. The tour will begin at 1:00 p.m. on both days at the Dale Strickler Farm, one mile south of Courtland on the west side of the highway.

Two audiences will benefit from participation in the Fall Forage Tour–cattle producers and those interested in utilizing cover crops to improve soil health. The tour will focus on improving soil productivity through the use of cover crops, forages, and perennial grasses.

According to Strickler, ranchers have two options to increase cattle carrying capacity. They can choose “Horizontal Expansion” by acquiring more land–and more debt–or they can improve existing pastures through “Vertical Expansion.” Vertical Expansion increases the cattle carrying capacity by both expanding the root zone and increasing plant bio mass. Strickler advocates expansion of the root zone through the use of selected cover crops and enhanced soil biology.

Soil and plant roots tell the story of how managed grazing, re-growth, and rest effect not only the top growth of grasses but also their roots. To illustrate this, Strickler will dig a soil pit at his farm’s Eastern Gamagrass site permitting attendees to walk down into it and closely examine the roots and the soil beneath the grass. Dale will explain what is happening at the site so that ranchers can see for themselves that increased root depth results in elevated organic matter levels and improved biological activity in the soil. Expanding the root zone by managing the grazing has the potential to increase the land’s carrying capacity.

At the cabin site, ranchers will have the opportunity to view 27 varieties of cool season cover crops. Most varieties are solo seeded to see the effects of soil tolerances. Five different soil types exist at this location: Calcareous, eroded, poorly-drained bottom ground, well-drained bottom ground and saline sodic. Participants will see Eastern Gamagrass, Grazing Alfalfa, Low Alkaloid Reed Canary Grass, Dale’s Cover Crop Test Plot, Brown Midrib Forage Sorghum Sudan, Tropic Sun Non-Toxic Sun Hemp, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, and frosted warms season residue as well as many other legume, forage and grass varieties.

Dale Strickler, a former Agronomy Instructor at Concordia’s Cloud County Community College, is a Cover Crop and Forage Specialist for Star Seed and is passionate about soil health.

There is no registration fee, but RSVPs are requested to indicate the number of people and the day chosen to attend.





Click here to download the event flier. 

Questions can go to kfu.mary@gmail.com or 785-562-8726.

Examples of key take-aways from the Fall Forage Tour include:
There are two methods to carry more cattle on your ranch...
Method 1: Buy a bigger ranch.
Method 2: Improve the productivity of your current ranch.
Note: We will NOT be discussing Method 1 at this event!

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What carrying capacity & weaning weights can be achieved with optimum management?
Is it possible to graze 12 months a year and eliminate feeding hay? 
Is it possible to have more production and profit from grazing crops with animals than harvesting the grain?
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Tour includes Dale’s Cow/Calf Operation and the following forages:

  • Eastern Gamagrass
  • Cover Crop Test Plot
  • Grazing Alfalfa
  • Bird’s Foot Trefoil
  • Tropic Sun Non-Toxic Sun Hemp
  • Low Alkaloid Reed Canary Grass
  • Brown Midrib Forage Sorghum Sudan
  • Many other forage & grass varieties

The Amazing Grazing Project is a collaborative effort of the following sponsors: Kansas Graziers Association, Kansas Farmers Union, Kansas SARE, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, Kansas Grazing Land Coalition and NRCS-KS with funding from North Central Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

10.13.2013

Jim Gerrish Grazing Workshop to focus on how Grazing Management Improves Productivity, Profitability and Personal Satisfaction

Internationally known expert on forage livestock systems, Jim Gerrish of American GrazingLands Services LLC, is returning to Kansas for two 2-day workshops on grazing management as it applies to the livestock business from October 28-31, 2013.

Gerrish has 20 years of systems research and outreach experience as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, as well as many years of commercial cattle and sheep production. University of Missouri’s Forage Systems Research Center rose to national prominence as a result of Gerrish’s research and leadership. His research encompasses many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provides a foundation for many of the basic principles of management intensive grazing.

Each two-day workshop will include information and discussion on the following topics: Grazing Basics 101 for Improved Plant Performance, Cattle Management 101, To Hay or Not to Hay, and Designing Grazing Systems including fencing and water development.

The workshops will be held October 28-29 at Ramada Hotel, Salina, KS from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and October 30-31 at Pratt Community College, Pratt, KS from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Cost of the workshop is $80.00 which includes handouts, lunch and morning/afternoon breaks for each day. This 2-day workshop is an extremely “sweet” deal.  Grazing workshops with experts typically cost much more than $80.00.  Attendees are responsible for their own lodging. See hotel list below.


Questions? Contact Mary Howell at kfu.mary@gmail.com or 785-562-8726.

Sponsors for the workshops are Kansas Farmers Union and Kansas Graziers Association. Project partners include NRCS, Kansas Grazing Land Coalition, and Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops.








Salina Hotel:
Ramada: 1616 W. Crawford St. Salina, KS 67401 (785) 823-1739

Pratt Hotels:
Budget Inn: 1631 E. 1st Street Pratt, KS 67124 (620) 672-6468
Comfort Suites: 1401 N. Hwy 61 Pratt, KS 67124(620) 672-9999
Days Inn: 1901 E. 1st Street Pratt, KS 67124 (620) 672-9465 
Economy Inn: 1401 E. 1st Street Pratt, KS 67124 (620) 672-5588 
Evergreen Inn: 20001 W. Hwy 54 Pratt, KS 67124 (620) 672-6431 
Hillcrest: 1336 E. 1st Street Pratt, KS 67124 (620) 672-6407 
Holiday Inn Express: 1903 Pauline Place Pratt, KS 67124 (620) 508-6350 
Regency Inn: 1401 W. Hwy 54 Pratt, KS 67124 (620) 672-9433
Super 8: 1906 E 1st ST Pratt, KS  67124 (855) 799-6862

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