Several grazing conferences scheduled over the coming months offer stocker operators a chance to catch up on the latest in grazing and range-management strategies.

Seeds for Success

Eastern OklahomaState College and the KerrCenter will host the “Seeds for Success” grazing conference on May 22-23 at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. The event will feature livestock industry legends Bud Williams, Greg Judy and Donnell Brown.

Williams is highly sought after for his two-day seminars on low-stress livestock handling, developed through decades of experience on ranches all over the world. Williams will condense his main principles on that topic, as well as his unique marketing approach, into a single three-hour session covering both marketing and stockmanship.

Judy will spend Saturday morning covering high stock-density grazing and his signature “no-risk ranching” approach. Judy turned his family’s Missouri farm finances around by contract grazing on rented acreage.

Brown will describe how to match cattle to the environment in terms of both genetics and economics.  Brown is the seedstock manager and also handles marketing for R.A. Brown Ranch in Throckmorton, Texas.  For more information, click here.

Nebraska Grazing Conference

The University of Nebraska’s Center for Grassland Studies hosts its ninth annual Nebraska Grazing Conference on August 11-12 in Kearney, Neb. Two dozen speakers from four states and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty will give farmers, ranchers, wildlife managers and advisers the opportunity to learn more about obtaining economic success through grazing, enhancing wildlife habitat and conservation. For more information, click here.

National Conference on Grazing Lands

The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative will host the third National Conference on Grazing Lands, Dec. 13-16 in Reno, Nev. Titled “Grazing Lands: a Winning Hand,” the conference brings together land managers from all 50 states for education, technology advancements and environmental sustainability. Participants influence the management of grazing lands that comprise 73 percent of the nation’s land base. Successful producers will give the majority of the presentations. For more information, click here.