KUTZTOWN, Pa. — Planned grazing can help producers graze right through August, when cool season grasses typically slow down.
At the field day, witness James Burkholder's grazing chart in action while observing conditions before and after different types of grazing. Troy Bishopp and Susan Beal will lead participants through the steps and suggest ideas for managing pastures, including the use of a simple grazing chart and basic pasture monitoring techniques.
"It's important to learn the whys and hows of utilizing a grazing chart, biological monitoring, and the implementation of grazing management techniques with a holistic view to improve profit and mitigate risk," said Bishopp, a PCO-certified organic grazier and grazing specialist with New York's Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District. Beal is an ag science adviser with the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.
The field day will be held at Burkholder's farm, 411 Siegfriedale Road in Kutztown, Pa., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Participants at the field day will learn to create goals and strategies around grazing season benchmarks, monitor and track dry matter production weekly, and implement practices to improve animal health and soil biology. Attendees will also learn how to use grazing management to improve nutrient management and/or manipulate ecological succession on specific fields, build in pasture recovery times for getting through weather events, and plan back in time from projected and/or estimated major events.
The field day is a part of PCO and PASA's Planned Grazing and Biological Monitoring for Decision Making Project, with support from the Rodale Institute, and is funded by a grant from the Northeast Center for Risk Management.
For more information and registration visit http://www.paorganic.org/education/grazing-planning-field-day-aug-13 or call Lee Rinehart at 814-470-9734. The $20 registration includes lunch.