Beginning Grazing School - 2020

MSU is Offering Grazing School Online

Michigan State University Extension is offering grazing school for dairy, livestock and small ruminant producers online. There will be a team of experts who will share their expertise. There will be ample opportunities for questions and conversations among participants.

Grazing school will be held every Tuesday and Thursday in October from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

October 6 

Introduction to school and overview of grazing terms  

October 8 

Graziers are Grass Farmers!  

October 13 

Soil Health & Fertility  

October 15 

Nutrition, Health and Welfare of Grazing Animals 

October 20 

Pasture Establishment & Renovations 

October 22 

Fencing & Water

October 27 

Pasture Allocation and stock density. Grazing Costs: fencing, water (new well and piping to paddocks).  

October 29 

Designing a Grazing Plan  

The goal of the school is to provide the latest animal/forage research to give participants an in-depth introduction to grazing management.

Experts Participating
  • Kim Cassida, Ph.D., MSU Forage Specialist
  • Richard Ehrhardt Ph.D., MSU Small Ruminant Specialist 
  • Kevin Gould, Beef Educator, MSU Extension
  • Dean Baas, Cover Crops Educator, MSU Extension
  • Phil Kaatz, Forage Educator, MSU Extension
  • Brook Willke, Ph.D., Kellogg Farm Manager, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Farm
  • Howard Straub III, Dairy Manager, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Pasture Dairy Center
  • Kable Thurlow, Beef Educator, MSU Extension
  • Phil Kaatz, Field Crops Educator, MSU Extension
  • Paul Gross, Soil Health Educator, MSU Extension
  • Jim Islieb, Field Crops Educator, MSU Extension
Registration information:
The series is $10 per session or $65 if you attend all 8.
The workshop fee includes access to the online trainings, recordings, additional videos.


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

For more information contact Kable Thurlow at 989-426-7741 or For technical questions about zoom or registering please contact ANR Events at or 517-353-3175.