Grazing School provides a hands-on experiences for those interested in starting or improving grazing management. Grazing School attendees can expect to learn a variety of tools and subsequently choose to integrate the methods that are most suitable for their particular grazing system. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to work with Michigan State University (MSU) experts to collectively graze a group of MSU livestock during the course of the Grazing School.

Grazing school will be held on Sept. 21 and 22, 2017 and will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday and concluding at 4 p.m. on Friday

The two-day school will be offered at the MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Farm and Dairy Meeting Room in Hickory Corners, Michigan

The goal of the school is to blend classroom instruction with in-field education and the latest animal/forage research to give participants an in-depth introduction to grazing management.

Feature presentations will cover approaches to:

  • Introduction to managed grazing
  • Pasture management and decision making
  • Livestock nutrition and requirements on pasture
  • Forage yield determination and pasture allocation
  • Grass and legume species identification
  • Pasture soil fertility and management
  • Grazing systems, layout and design
  • Water systems and requirements
  • Building and using fence for grazing
  • Pasture establishment and improvement

Grazing School is taught by a dedicated team of professionals with many combined decades of expertise in crop, soil, and animal sciences. Team members hail from all over the state to give a varied perspective on the variety of local conditions found across Michigan. Many have farms of their own from which to draw inspiration and examples.

  • Dean Baas, Cover Crops Educator, MSUE
  • Kim Cassida, Ph.D., MSU Forage Specialist
  • Richard Ehrhardt Ph.D., MSU Small Ruminant Specialist
  • Kevin Gould, Beef Educator, MSU Extension
  • Phil Kaatz, Forage Educator, MSUE
  • Howard Straub III, Pasture Dairy Manager, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station
  • Santiago Utsumi Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Animal Science
  • Brook Willke, Ph.D., Kellogg Farm Manager, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station

Registration information:

Registration is $125 for one participant ($95 registration price for students and veterans); $220 for two participants from the same farm, and $315 for three participants from the same farm. The registration deadline is Sept. 18, 2017. After the deadline, fees are as follows: $150 for one participant, $270 for two participants from the same farm, and $390 for three participants from the same farm. The workshop fee includes notebooks, resource materials, and all meals.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

KBS Grazing School Registration

Registration for KBS Grazing School Registration is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on September 18, 2017.

There are 29 openings available.

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

Questions may be directed to either

  • Misty Klotz, KBS Pasture Dairy Outreach Coordinator at The MSU Kellogg Biological Station -  Email:  klotzmis@msu.edu or Phone:269-671-2402
  • Kim Cassida, Forage Specialist at MSU Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences - Email: cassida@msu.edu or Phone: 517-353-0278
  • Kevin S. Gould MSU Extension, Beef Educator – Email: gouldk@anr.msu.edu or Phone: 616-527-5357