2016 California Grazing Academy
2016 Grazing Academy to Highlight Soil Health
This year's California Grazing Academy will again feature participants working in teams and having a herd of cattle to manage. We will cover principles of controlled grazing, pasture and range ecology, soil health, working with temporary electric fencing, cell design, range nutrition and supplementation, feed budgeting, grazing planning, and monitoring.
There will be added presentations and activities related to soil health. You will leave the academy with the ability to determine soil texture, moisture, infiltration, aggregates, and soil microbes. These activities will help increase your understanding and awareness on the role grazing management plays in keeping roots healthy and their connection to soil health.
Those estimates of carrying capacity will be paired with a feed budgeting to determine how many days of grazing you have with your current stocking rate. We can then make quick adjustments to assess the impact of different culling levels on stretching remaining forage resources without having to rely on feeding hay.
Grazing planning will enable you to see how to map out the grazing on your property or those that you lease. Mapping out the grazing determines if we are meeting rest period targets and see how we can plan animal moves to fit best with the production year. For example, what paddocks do we want to graze when animals are having babies or being bred. The 2016 California Grazing Academy can help you get started on developing your drought plan for your ranch.
The California Grazing Academy is a unique and exciting program emphasizing practical application of controlled grazing principles to improve the environment and increase ranch profit. This challenging course consists of a minimum of lecture and a maximum of hands-on experience.
After completing the Academy, course participants will be able to:
- Assess the condition of the four basic ecological processes that determine ranch productivity.
- Assess soil health through determining: texture, stability, infiltration, rooting depth, and importance of soil microorganisms.
- Apply principles of time and stock density to improve pasture productivity and stock performance.
- Estimate carrying capacity.
- Apply principles of animal behavior to reduce stress.
- Determine the supplementation needs of grazing animals.
- Design a layout to efficiently use resources and apply controlled grazing principles.
- Understand the basics of developing a grazing plan.
- Immediately improve grazing management on your own ranch.
- Managing through drought.
Event Information and Registration
Date: April 29 - 30, 2016
Registration: The workshop is full.
Please contact Kate Micheels at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be put on the waiting list. We will contact you in the event of a cancellation.
Cost: $170.00 (includes meals, and course materials - some lodging available a the center. Lodging available (dorm and camping) - first come, first served (bring your own sleeping bag and towel) Lodging Marysville Grass Valley areas.
No walk-in registrations accepted due to set-up needed for hands-on activities. NO REFUNDS. Your payment guarantees your space.
Registration due by April 17
UC Sierra Research and Extension Center
8279 Scott Forbes Road
Browns Valley, CA 95918
Placer/Nevada Livestock and Natural Resources