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Dickinson Research Extension Center
1089 State Avenue
Dickinson, ND 58601

12-Month Livestock-Pasture-Forage Management Planning Course Offered in January

Llewellyn L. Manske PhD, Range Scientist
Amy M. Kraus, Composition Assistant
Thomas C. Jirik, Agriculture Communication Editor

North Dakota State University
Dickinson Research Extension Center

A course on 12-month livestock-pasture-forage management will be offered Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 6-8, on the campus of Dickinson State University. Offered by the DSU agricultural department in cooperation with the NDSU animal and range sciences department and the NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center, the course is designed for producers and students who want to learn more about developing pasture-forage management plans.

"Each participant in the course will develop a grassland management strategy that provides a full 12-month forage sequence for his or her own ranch," says Lee Manske, an NDSU range scientist at the Dickinson Research Extension Center and one of the course instructors. "The course will present information about range ecology, livestock nutrition, and forage production to help participants understand and operate their 12-month pasture-forage management plans."

In addition to Manske, course instructors include Kevin Sedivec, NDSU Extension Service range management specialist; Toby Stroh, DSU assistant professor of agriculture; and Greg Lardy, NDSU Extension Service beef specialist. The team of instructors will lead discussions and explain basic principles and concepts of land and resource inventories, rangeland ecosystems, grass growth, effects from defoliation, livestock nutritional requirements, nutritional value curves of forage plants, grazing systems, economics of systems, production of annual forages, by-products as feed, winter rations, and the development of 12-month management plans.

Prior to the start of the course, participants will need to prepare a complete set of maps; obtain copies of aerial photos for their entire land holdings, including owned and leased land; and calculate the acreage of each parcel of land and forage type. A preview of the course material and instructions for completing the pasture and forage inventory are available on the Web at

The cost of the course is $108.21 to producers ($53.21 registration, $35 application fee for those who have not previously been enrolled at Dickinson State University, and $20 laboratory fee). College students enrolled in the course will receive one credit from Dickinson State University; the cost of the course will be included in regular tuition and fees, but the student must pay a $20 laboratory fee. Continuing Education graduate credit for the course is also available from North Dakota State University. The textbook for the course will be provided. Course participants will need to supply their own calculators and notebooks.

The course will run from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 6, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 7, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 8. Dickinson is in the Mountain Time Zone. Space is limited, so those who wish to participate are encouraged to register as soon as possible by calling (701) 483-2185.

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