Nebraska Grazing Conference is August 8 and 9

Is placement of cross fences and water points preventing you from taking full advantage of the potential benefits of rotational grazing? Get the answers at the Nebraska Grazing Conference at the Kearney Ramada on August 8 and 9.

Jim Gerrish, internationally respected grazing expert and developer of the Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) method, will share his insights into fence and water development during his keynote presentation and informal evening workshop. Then Craig Derickson and Brad Soncksen from NRCS will describe cost share programs to help you pay for these improvements.

Livestock profits from grazinglands are increasingly hard to come by. Cattlemen John Maddux from Wauneta and Jim Jenkins from Callaway will describe ways they have adjusted their operations to find economic opportunities while Aaron Berger and Jay Parsons from Nebraska Extension will examine ways to control costs and risk. Nancy Peterson from Gordon will describe the many varied ways her family have used diversity and stewardship to build their cow herd and soil.

Peter Ballerstedt with Barenbrug USA will describe cool-season grasses to plant in new pastures as well as show how grass and cattle combine to form healthy human diets.

Wildlife thrive on well-managed grazinglands. Learn how this is being accomplished in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Oklahoma from Bill Vodehnal, Patricia Johnson, and Dwayne Elmore.

Learn how to look at weedy plants from a different perspective with Chris Helzer of The Nature Conservancy.

Full registration for both days is $100 on-line or at the door. Student and single day registrations are available. Full conference information and registration are available on-line at http://grassland.unl.edu/current-conference