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Commodities:Field Crops: Forages

Georgia Grazing School - 2016

September 21-22, 2016 | UGA Tifton Campus | Tifton, Ga

The 2016 Georgia Grazing School is now one for the recordbooks. However, if you are interested in delving deeper into these topics, additional grazing information is provided here. Below are links to all the materials that were in the Grazing School notebook, and a few other articles that are only available on the web. For those who would like to download the entire 2016 Grazing School notebook as a pdf eBook, click here for part 1 and part 2. (Caution: this notebook is 370+ pages long and the file is 60+ MB in total, so a high-speed internet connection is RECOMMENDED.)

Table of Contents

  1. Manipulating forage growth and grazing behavior
  2. Southern Forages: Forage yield, distribution, and quality
  3. Soil fertility and nutrient cycling in grazing systems
  4. Managing, utilizing, and maintaining legumes
  5. Segregating herds based on animal class and nutritional need
  6. Grazing systems, methods, and tricks
  7. Optimizing the size, number, and layout of your paddocks
  8. Managing forage surplus and deficits
  9. Sketching out the ideal planning the grazing system
  10. Extending the grazing season and critically evaluating novel grazing systems
  11. Cost assistance programs that aid the transition
  12. Good Grazing = Inc. Soil Moisture, Inc. Soil Health, and Lower Erosion
  13. Choosing the right fence, fence charger, & wire or tape for your grazing system
  14. Selecting the right watering system & sizing the supply for your grazing system
  15. Using winter and summer annuals to ease seasonal transitions
  16. Economics of better grazing management
  17. Sprayer calibration exercise and lightbar demo
  18. New weed management tools for grazed pastures
  19. Appendix: Demonstrations, Farm Profiles, and Misc. Resources

 

 

Section 1: Manipulating forage growth and grazing behavior PDF

 

Handouts:
  Structure, Quality & Skills Influence Forage Intake (UT St. Univ.)
  Behavior Facts (UT St. Univ.)

 

Section 2: Southern Forages: Yield, distribution, and quality PDF

 

Handouts:
  Principles of Plant Growth...Factors which Affect Growth and Persistence of Plants and Implications for Grazing Management
  Forage Physiology
  Small Grains, Ryegrass, and Clovers for Forage (Univ. of TN)
  Georgia Forages: Grass Species
  Georgia Forages: Legume Species
  Novel Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue
  Stockpiling Tall Fescue for Fall and Winter Grazing
  Selecting a Forage Bermudagrass Variety
  White Clover Establishment and Management Guide

 

Section 3: Soil fertility and nutrient cycling in grazing systems PDF

 

Handouts:
  The Impacts of Management Intensive Grazing on Soil Organic Matter
  Are There Cheaper Inputs? A Look at Municipal Biosolids for Forages
  Soil Testing
  Soil and Fertilizer Management Considerations for Forage Systems in Georgia
  Poultry Litter Application on Pastures and Hayfields

 

Section 4: Managing, utilizing, and maintaining legumes PDF

 

Handouts:
 

Going through the Drill

  Should Legumes be Included in my Grazing System?
  Renovating Hay and Pasture Fields
  White Clover Establishment and Management Guide

 

Section 5: Segregating herds based on animal class and nutritional need PDF

 

Handouts:
  Body Condition Scoring Beef Cows
  Georgia Commodity Feed Sources
  Feed Library
  Feeding Considerations for Byproduct Feeding
  UGA Record Keeping Data Sheet

 

Section 6: Grazing systems, methods, and tricks PDF

 

Handouts:
  What is Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) and what can it do for my farm?
  A Quick Guide to Grazing Methods

 

Section 7: Optimizing the size, number, and layout of paddocks PDF

 

Handouts:
  Grazier's Arithmetic – A Grazing Calculator (MS Excel Spreadsheet)
  Daily Forage Need – Calculator (MS Excel Spreadsheet)
  Grazing Wedge Calculator (MS Excel Spreadsheet)

 

Section 8: Managing forage surplus and deficits PDF

 

Handouts:
  Minimizing Losses in Hay Storage and Feeding
  Using By-Product Feeds
  Management of Hay Production (Univ. of AR)
  Baling Forage Crops for Silage (Univ. of KY)
  Baled Silage: Frequently Asked Questions
  Some Points on Feeding Baled Silage

 

Section 9: Sketching out the ideal -- planning the grazing system PDF

 

Handouts:
  Web Soil Survey
  Factors and Practices that Influence Livestock Distribution

 

Section 10: Extending the grazing season and critically evaluating novel grazing systems PDF

 

Handouts:
  Forage Brassicas for Winter Grazing Systems
  Extending Grazing and Reducing Stored Feed Needs

 

Section 11: Cost-share programs that aid the transition PDF

 

Handouts:
 

NRCS 5 Steps to Assistance Factsheet

  Locate Your Local NRCS Service Center
  Entity Steps for: Applying for Conservation Programs NRCS
  Individual Steps for: Applying for Conservation Programs NRCS

 

Section 12: Good Grazing = Inc. Soil Moisture, Inc. Soil Health, and Lower Erosion

 

Handouts from the Rainfall Simulator Demonstration:
  Unlock the Secrets in the Soil, Basics and Benefits
  Unlock Your Farm's Potential, Discover the Cover
  Unlock Your Farm's Potential, Do Not Disturb
  Healthy, Productive Soils Checklist for Growers
  Healthy Soils are: Covered All the Time
  Healthy Soils are: Well-Structured

 

Dinner Speaker

Silvopasture
George Owens, Chipley, FL

Section 13: Choosing the right fence, fence charger, and wire or tape for your grazing system PDF

 

Handouts:
  Fencing Options for Grazing Systems
  Fences for the Farm
  Fences for Horses
  Electric Fencing for Serious Grazers

 

Section 14: Selecting the right watering system and sizing the water supply for your grazing system PDF

 

Handouts:
  Watering Options for Grazing Systems
  Hydraulic Ram Made from Standard Plumbing Parts
  Hydraulic Rams for Off-Stream Livestock Watering
  Using Geotextiles for Feeding and Traffic Surfaces
  Watering Systems for Serious Graziers

 

Section 15: Using winter and summer annuals to ease seasonal transitions PDF

Section 16: Economics of better grazing management

 

Handouts:
  Rotational Grazing: Will It Pay?
  Partial Budgeting Form
  Amortization Table

 

Section 17: Sprayer calibration exercise and lightbar demo

 

Handouts:
  Calibration Method for Hydraulic Boom and Band Sprayers and Other Liquid Applicators
  Calibration Method for Boomless Broadcast Sprayers
  Calibration Method for Granular Applications
  Calibration of Backpack Sprayers
  Pesticide Rate and Dosage Calculations

 

Section 18: New weed management tools for grazed pastures PDF

 

Handouts:
  Weed Control in Grass Pastures and Hayfields
  Temporary Summer Grazing Weed Control
  Temporary Winter Grazing Weed Control
  Weed Response to Herbicides Used in Pasture, Hay and Forage Crops
  Grass Pasture and Hay Field Herbicides
  Grazing Impacts on Pasture Composition

 

Appendix:

 

Other Handouts:
  Guide to Pasture Condition Scoring
  Pasture Condition Score Sheet
  Pasture Condition Score Spreadsheet
  Grazing Stick Instruction Manual
  Using a Grazing Stick for Pasture Management

 

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