IBC to host fencing and grazing clinic

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IBC to host fencing and grazing clinic

Closing out the calving season and getting crops in the ground are normal late spring/early summer activities for Iowa producers. Throw in a number of rainstorms and resulting weather conditions, and all good intentions of improving pasture infrastructure move quickly down their to-do list.

Because it's always advantageous to actively consider potential improvements and make plans to implement those improvements in slow seasons, Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a fencing and grazing clinic in western Iowa this summer.

IBC extension program specialist Beth Reynolds said the event, to be held June 26 at the Western Research and Demonstration Farm in Castana, will offer a wealth of practical knowledge for all attendees.

“This clinic is designed to help improve the infrastructure on your farm to execute an efficient grazing plan," she said. "Fencing, paddocks, weather and resiliency, all are part of the day's sessions."

ISU extension beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk said the program's five sessions provide education and opportunity to put learning into practice.

"Participants can expect a mix of hands-on, classroom style, and peer learning methods to keep the day interactive and informational," she said. "There are five sessions, including a tour of the farm, and each has a specific focus."

Clinic topics and presenters are:

New tools in fencing : Brad Ketchum, Gallagher Animal Management Team Territory Manager

Building your paddocks : Pat Corey, USDA-Crawford County

Weather outlook : Madelynn Wuestenberg, ISU extension agricultural climatology specialist

Planning for weather resilience : Shelby Gruss, ISU extension forage specialist

Research farm tour : Lundy-Woolfolk and Reynolds, ISU extension specialists

The farm is located at 36515 Hwy E34 in Castana, the program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a noon lunch. There is no charge; however, preregistration is required and should be made by June 24. To register call 515-294-2333 or email [email protected] and provide your name, email, and phone number.

Event sponsors Gallagher and Iowa Forage and Grassland Council make the program possible.

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