Experts will discuss topics related to grazing animals and stewardship of grazing lands at the 13th annual Nebraska Grazing Conference at the Kearney Holiday Inn Aug. 13-14.
The event will feature Burke Teichert, a former Rex Ranch manager from Orem, Utah, speaking on key indicators of ranch efficiencies and resource management and monitoring.
"The conference is an opportunity to look at all aspects of managing grazing lands and livestock and wildlife resources for both short-term and long-term benefits," said Bruce Anderson, extension forage specialist and program chair.
Other topics and speakers include:
– The Gracie Creek Ranch grazing plan, Bob Price and daughter Lindsey Smith with Gracie Creek as well as Terry DeGroff from Management Information Systems in Burwell.
– Insects as agents of improved rangeland quality and cattle production, Sean Whipple, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research & Extension Center, Scottsbluff.
– Fitting grazing strategies to your environment, Nebraska producer panel: Doug Olsen, Harrisburg; Jeff Pribbeno, Imperial; and Dan Stelling, Pierce.
– Managing two billion gallons of water, Lyle Perman, Lowry, SD.
– Adaptive grazing on semi-arid range, Grady Grissom, Fowler, Colo.
– Management practices of 2012 Leopold Conservation Award winner, Buell family, Bassett.
– Grazing has gone to the birds at Calamus Outfitters, Sarah Sortum, Calamus Outfitters/Gracie Creek Landowners, Burwell.
– Cover crop and fall annual forage grazing, Karla Jenkins, UNL Panhandle Research & Extension Center, Scottsbluff and Jerry Volesky, UNL West Central Research & Extension Center, North Platte.
Registration is $80 if postmarked by Aug. 1 and $95 afterward. One-day registrations are also available and walk-ins are welcome.
Reduced registration fees are offered for full-time high school or college students. Registration fees will be paid by the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources for students who will still be in high school this fall and who pre-register by the Aug. 1 deadline.
More information is available at http://nebraskagrazingconference.unl.edu, or from the UNL Center for Grassland Studies at 402-472-4101, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or your local UNL extension office.
The event is sponsored by several public and private organizations, including the conference underwriters: Farm Credit Services of America, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and the UNL Center for Grassland Studies.
More details at: http://nebraskagrazingconference.unl.edu