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Commodities: Field Crops: Forages

Georgia Grazing School - 2016

Grazing SchoolUGA Extension will host the annual Georgia Grazing School on Sept. 20 and 21 in Tifton, GA in the UGA Tifton Campus's NESPAL conference room (map). This two-day workshop will focus on soil fertility, forage crop establishment, plant growth, animal nutrient requirements, and management-intensive grazing. For more details, see the Topics section below or find the complete agenda here.

Training will take place in both classroom and field settings. Multiple classroom lectures addressing plant and grazing management will be combined with a farm visit to a nearby grazing operation. Demonstrations of fencing and watering options will highlight valuable management practices for livestock producers.

Cost of the two day program is $150 for the first person from each farm ($75/person for each additional person from each farm/family) and includes lunches and breaks on each day, dinner on the first night, and a grazing school handbook. Participants are responsible for lodging. Registration is limited to 75 participants and is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Inside Cows Grazing School

Topics Covered in the Classroom

  • Forage yield, distribution, and quality
  • Soil fertility and nutrient cycling
  • Using organic and alternative fertilizer sources
  • Weed control and management strategies
  • Managing surplus forage
  • Supplementing pasture-based nutrition
  • Manipulating forage growth and animal behavior
  • Grazing systems, methods, and design
  • Fencing, water, and shade system considerations
  • Pasture condition scoring
  • Economics of managed grazing systems


Grazing School Calhoun Grazing School Outside

Hands-On Learning Experiences

Participants will be performing a number of training exercises in the pastures on a nearby farm. Topics addressed in the field will be:

  • Paddock planning exercise
  • Electric fence system design
  • Water system design
  • Hay/baleage sampling demonstration
  • Pasture composition and scoring exercise
  • Estimating available forage
  • Weed ID in the Field
  • Calibrating & Adjusting a No-Till Drill


Registration for the conference is now open! Register quickly, as we often run out of room. The deadline for registration is Sept. 12th.

If you have questions about the registration process, please contact Cathy Felton in our office from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (706-310-3464).

Hotel/Lodging Options

We do not have an official hotel for this event. However, there are multiple hotel options in Tifton. Below are some of those options. Most of the UGA Team will be staying in the Holiday Inn Express.

Holiday Inn Express
814 West 7th St.
Tifton, GA 31794

Fairfield Inn and Suites
806 West 7th St.
Tifton, GA 31794

Comfort Inn and Suites
20 South Virginia Ave
Tifton, GA 31794


The topics covered section above provides a basic overview of the Grazing School. The current draft of the full agenda is available here.