Winter Grazing Workshop held Nov. 4-5
A two-day workshop on winter grazing was held Nov. 4-5 in Jamestown and at Central Grasslands Research Extension Center. The Wednesday session included presentations by speakers from the NDSU Extension service, NDSU research centers, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, along with producers utilizing these grazing methods. Many aspects of winter grazing were covered, including cover crops, swath and bale grazing, livestock nutrition, integrated systems, wildlife conservation, manure distribution, soil health and water quality. Bart Lardner of the Western Beef Development Centre, Saskatchewan gave the keynote address at the evening banquet.
On Thursday, a panel discussion with local producers who utilize winter grazing was held. This was followed by a bus tour to CGREC to view plots and demonstrations on cover crop grazing, bale grazing and portable fencing. Fifty brave souls endured the snow and wind to see a realistic demonstration of winter grazing.
While heading to the plots, Bryan Neville, CGREC director, gave an overview of the center.
The first stop was a demonstration plot planted to German millet, where swath-grazing, bale-grazing, and stockpile-grazing will be compared. Michael Undi, CGREC animal scientist (above) and Dwight Schmidt, manager of agricultural operations at CGREC, initiated this project. Fara Brummer, area Extension livestock specialist at CGREC, looks on (at right).
Rocky Brown (left) and Gerard Wald (right) of Wald Fencing of Wishek gave a demonstration of portable electric fencing.
The next stop was at a warm-season cover crop mix planted for grazing. Dwight Schmidt, manager of agricultural operations at CGREC (below, right) described the planting history and Jay Fuhrer, soil health specialist with the USDA-NRCS (center) pointed out the contributions that each planted species provides to improve the soil. Fara Brummer has sampled dry matter yield and presented the results.
Cover crop blend: millet, sunflower, cowpea, soybean, sorghum-sudan, Italian ryegrass, turnip and radish.
Other studies being conducted at the center by Michael Undi and Bryan Neville include cornstalk grazing and supplementation with distillers grain fed at three different intervals: daily, every three days and every six days. Another study at the center analyzes the the benefits of using a cool-season cover crop mix for grazing.
The tour was concluded with warm lunch of knephla soup and roast beef sandwiches served by Karen Schmidt and Alice Buck.
Bart Lardner and Fara Brummer
Deanna and Cody Sand
This workshop was sponsored by the NDSU Extension Service, the Society for Range Management, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, and the NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center.
Thank you to the many presenters and participants for their time and interest in this workshop. Please contact Fara Brummer with any questions or comments by email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or phone (701-424-3606).
Photos by Sandi Dewald, CGREC