MT. GILEAD, Ohio - A new series of videos produced by Ohio State University Educators offers livestock producers detailed information on a wide variety of grazing management techniques including setting up grazing systems, conservation practices and plant management taught by OSU Extension livestock and forage experts.
The videos, which were produced this spring as part of OSU Extensions' "Pastures for Profit" grazing school, offer an in-depth look at ways livestock farmers can improve their management of their pastures, said Jeff McCutcheon, an OSU Extension educator.
"We've been offering these classes since 1994, but this is the first time we've recorded them and are offering access to the videos free online," he said. "Producers can always improve the efficiencies of their land resources and forages."
The videos offer instruction on some of the basic consideration of grazing systems, from fence and water set-up and how it impacts plant growth, to pasture layout and design, to forage species selection and alternatives, McCutcheon said.
"Produced by the OSU Extension Forage Team, the curriculum set up allows people to mix and match different parts of the videos for their own needs," he said.
"Pastures for Profit" is a comprehensive management intensive grazing school offered annually throughout Ohio by the OSU Extension Forage Team. The Team consists of members from OSU Extension, the OSU Department of Horticulture and Crop Sciences, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
The series of eight videos were recorded in April during a recent grazing school and offer information and techniques that can be helpful to those famers new to the livestock industry and veteran livestock producers, McCutcheon said.
"Sometimes people like to refresh their knowledge and to pick up news things," he said. "The goals are to teach grazing management and have farmers apply the principles to their operations."
The eight, 30 to 45 minute presentations were recorded during a grazing school in April and can be viewed at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/topics/agriculture-and-natural-resources/news/find-recent-grazing-school-presentations-on-line-here.