ACORN Conference Program

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Grazing & Pasture Management - Morning Session

Monday, November 26, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM   

This day-long school opens with a morning session focused on creating a solid understanding of the basic principles of good grazing management systems. Please note this session is the only workshop being held at this time, concurrent with our Study Tours, off-site.

Full Day Grazing School Workshop Description:  The morning portion of this workshop will focus on creating a solid understanding of the basic principles of good grazing management systems.  Starting first from the plants perspective, we will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs by following the grazing guidelines.  From there we will do some group exercises and practice to learn how to measure the amount of feed in a pasture, calculate paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates and understand what the ideal number of acres for a flock or herd is.  We will then look at some real on-farm examples to practice and learn more about perennial plant anatomy and physiology. 

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The Creative Application of Grazing Science Part 1

Monday, November 26, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   

Starting from the plants’ perspective, we will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs by following the grazing guidelines. From there, we will do some group exercises and practice on measuring the amount of feed in a pasture, calculating paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates, and understanding what the ideal number of acres for a flock or herd is.  We will then look at some real, on-farm examples to practice and learn more about perennial plant anatomy and physiology.

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The Creative Application of Grazing Science Part 2

Monday, November 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   

This session is a continuation from Part 1. Starting from the plants’ perspective, we will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs by following the grazing guidelines. From there, we will do some group exercises and practice on measuring the amount of feed in a pasture, calculating paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates, and understanding what the ideal number of acres for a flock or herd is.  We will then look at some real, on-farm examples to practice and learn more about perennial plant anatomy and physiology.   

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The Grazier’s Tool Box Part 1

Monday, November 26, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   

This afternoon we will look at pasture from the livestock perspective, learning techniques to meet their nutritional needs, maximize pasture dry matter intake, provide low stress handling, provide the correct supplemental feeds and minerals, and when shade or shelter should be planned into the grazing.  We will also spend time discussing techniques to monitor and assess the health of the pasture ecosystem, and the performance and well-being of the livestock.

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The Grazier’s Tool Box part 2

Monday, November 26, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM   

This session is a continuation from Part 1. In the afternoon we will look at pasture from the livestock perspective, learning techniques to meet their nutritional needs, maximize pasture dry matter intake, provide low-stress handling, provide the correct supplemental feeds and minerals, and when shade or shelter should be planned into the grazing.  We will also spend time discussing techniques to monitor and assess the health of the pasture ecosystem, and the performance and well-being of the livestock.

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