Saturday, May 2, 2009

Grazing schools start soon

Southwest Missouri will offer a total of seven Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) Schools for the 2009 season.

Starting in 1995 as a regional program, the schools are held at various locations, dates and formats to meet the diverse needs of area livestock producers.

"The Southwest Region covers 15 counties, and the planning committee does its best to offer locations throughout the area," said Rich Crawford, co-coordinator for the region and superintendent of University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center.

Evening and Saturday schools provide people who have off-farm jobs a chance to attend a grazing school.

To date, literally thousands of individuals have attended the schools to learn about the basic principles and practices of MiG. The schools have also helped livestock producers qualify for thousands of dollars in various cost-share programs through NRCS or FSA.

Upcoming grazing schools in southwest Missouri include:

* MU Southwest Research Center in Mt Vernon, Mo., (daytime) on May 12 – 14, contact Richard Crawford at (417) 466-2148.
* Crowder College, Neosho, Mo., June 23-25 (daytime), contact: Nathan Witt 417-451-1366, ext.3 or John Hobbs (417) 223-4775.
* Marshfield, Mo., (daytime) on Oct. 6 – 8, contact Mark Emerson, (417) 468-4176.
* MDC Dalton Shooting Range, Bois D’Arc, Mo., (daytime) Oct. 20 -22, contact Mark Green (417) 831-5246.

Attendance is generally limited to 25-30 people. Cost of the schools varies by location, and includes all of the materials (grazing manuals, guides, grazing stick). Daytime schools usually include meals and breaks and some include transportation.

Schools are conducted and sponsored by USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Missouri Extension and Area Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

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