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April 9, 2013

Management-intensive grazing schools for 2013

Parsons, Kansas — Several Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) Schools will be held in southwest Missouri during 2013 at a variety of locations.

Also known as rotational grazing management, MiG is a system where grazing is managed for both the benefit of the livestock and the forage. Livestock graze in each pasture long enough to harvest the forage but removed before too much leaf area is consumed.

The end result is lower feed costs and improved forage production which 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, 417-468-41761, ext. 3.

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

Attendance is limited at each location and the enrollment fee—which includes all of the materials manuals, meals, breaks and some transportation—varies.

Starting in 1995 as a regional program, the grazing schools are held at various locations, dates and formats to meet the diverse needs of area 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.

MiG school is conducted and sponsored by USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Missouri Extension and the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District. Many of the sessions during the school are taught by University of Missouri Extension specialists from southwest Missouri.

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 mark.green@mo.usda.gov. Information is also available online at http://extension. missouri.edu/greene. £

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