Lost Rivers Grazing Academy to hold grazing workshops

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Two Lost Rivers Grazing Academies will be held during 2013.  One, June 11-14 and the other September 9-12.  Both programs will be held on the Eagle Valley Ranch near Salmon, Idaho. 

Additionally, Lost Rivers Grazing Academy will conduct “Pulling it together for Profit,” a workshop to be held May 14-17 in Shoshone, Idaho. The program is taught by the Lost Rivers Grazing Academy instructors and features Jim Gerrish, well-known grazing consultant. If you are an alumnus of the Lost Rivers Grazing Academy or a similar program or have practical experience with Management-intensive Grazing, you should consider attending this workshop.

The June and September workshops, “Management of Irrigated pastures,” is a “boots-on-the-ground” workshop for livestock operators who want to harvest more of the sun’s energy as profit and let their livestock do it for them.  The four-day programs will introduce you to the principles of management-intensive grazing (MiG), which can permit you to harvest much more grass for many more days …which means fewer expensive hay feeding days and more profit in your pocket!

Both programs will be held on the Eagle Valley Ranch near Salmon, Idaho.  The cost of the program is $525 for four days of instruction, materials, continental breakfast, all snacks and hearty home cooked lunches and dinners.  A variety of accommodations are located near Salmon.  Additional participants from the same ranch attend at a reduced rate.

The Lost Rivers Grazing Academy is sponsored by University of Idaho Extension and taught by grazing experienced Extension Educators Charles Cheyney, Scott Jensen, Shannon Williams, Christi Falen, and Extension Specialist Glenn Shewmaker and C. Wilson Gray, as well as retired Extension Educator, Jim Hawkins.  Featured presenter at the Academy is the internationally-known pasture expert, Jim Gerrish, of AmercianGrazinglands Services, LLC, formerly of the University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center.  Jim is well known around the world and is author of “Management-intensive Grazing” and “Kicking the Hay Habit”.  Ranch manager Mike Kossler and grazing manager Jerry Elzinga contribute their experience and perspective in implementing the principles of MiG at Eagle Valley Ranch.

The Lost River Grazing Academy is a mixture of classroom, laboratory and field exercises designed to introduce you to the principles, and permit you to practice, with the tools of management- intensive grazing of irrigated pastures.  Participants work together in small teams to manage a herd of cattle.  Grazing assignments change every day as the participants manage their herd to try to meet the target residual.  Teams also work together solving portable electric fencing problems and building high tensile electric fencing.  Eagle Valley Ranch is operated by graduates of the Academy and has been developed as a MiG operation.

For more information contact Charles Cheyney at ccheyney@uidaho.edu or (208)-527-8587 or Scott Jensen at (208) 459-6003 or scottj@uidaho.edu.  You may also download a brochure at http://www.extension.uidaho.edu/owyhee/AgLostRiversGrazingAcademy.htm or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LostRiversGrazingAcademy



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