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May 15, 2007

Purdue expert encourages growers to get creative with grazing

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Even though corn prices may be fairly high, grazing livestock can still be profitable if good management practices are employed, said a Purdue University expert.

Producers wanting to understand some of the fundamental concepts important to making a management-intensive grazing system successful can attend the fifth annual Grazing 102 workshop on June 29-30.

Some producers are ripping out pastures and forage crops and planting corn because of the increased demand created by the biofuels industry. However, planting corn may not always pay off, depending on location and soil type, said Brad Shelton, a Purdue Extension educator and workshop coordinator.

Shelton explained that there is no set grazing pattern that works in every system for every producer so growers need to be creative.

The two-day workshop, which will take place at the Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center in Lawrence County, will highlight rotational grazing and reduced animal maintenance. The first day will begin with registration at 9:15 a.m. and will conclude with a discussion at 5 p.m. The second day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts and will end at 4:30 p.m. following a wrap-up panel discussion.

"Our goal is to give producers new ideas and strategies that they can take home and apply on their farm and improve their bottom line at the end of the day," Shelton said.

Registration is $65 for attendees and $30 for each additional person from the same farm. The primary registrant from each farm or group will receive reference materials, speaker notes and management tools. Lunch and refreshments are provided both days.

Space is limited and preregistration is required. The registration forms are due June 15 and are available by contacting a local Purdue Extension office or going online to

Speakers will include Purdue experts, a Natural Resources and Conservation Services' grazing specialist and a district conservationist, a University of Kentucky agricultural economics specialist and a beef nutrition specialist, a veterinarian, and producers.

Topics will include rotational grazing, the costs of rotational grazing, matching livestock needs with forage quality, health issues, pasture fertility and nutrient cycling, different forage options, water needs and fencing systems. Participants will walk pastures and evaluate different forages.

The workshop is sponsored by CISCO Seeds, Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Forage Council, Purdue Agricultural Centers, Purdue Extension in Washington County, Orange County Cattle Association, Lawrence County Cattlemen's Association, Washington County Cattlemen and the Washington County Sheep Association.

The Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center is located at 923 State Road 458, Bedford, Ind. For questions and more information, contact Shelton at (812) 883-4601.

Writer: Julie Douglas, (765) 496-1050,

Source: Brad Shelton, (812) 883-4601,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes,
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