Serious Graziers Workshops Set for September

Written by Theresa Rose on August 25, 2015

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AMES, Iowa – Livestock producers looking to enhance their grazing management skills should plan to attend one of four workshops held by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach across Iowa. Guest speaker Laura Paine, holistic management certified educator from Wisconsin, will be at the September workshops to discuss balancing family life and raising livestock concepts for the next generation of graziers and those who are serious about sharpening their management skills.

“We are excited to have Laura Paine with us,” said Joe Sellers, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach in southcentral Iowa. “She will offer our producers methods to positively impact pasture productivity with planned grazing and whole farm planning using sustainable land management practices.”

Paine is currently program director for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, a formalized, nationally accredited training program for beginning dairy farmers in Wisconsin. She has been involved in managed grazing in a variety of roles for more than 20 years, teaching and conducting research in livestock production and market development for grass-fed products for the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. Paine and her husband utilize holistic management principles in managing their own grass-fed beef operation near Columbus, Wis.

“Serious graziers of cattle, dairy cows, sheep or other animals will be able to sharpen their grazing management skills at this workshop,” said Sellers. This series was planned specifically for participants of previous ISU Extension sponsored grazing programs such as Greenhorn Grazing, Certified Graziers, Iowa Grazing Series with Jim Gerrish and Grassroots Grazing, to build on their grazing skills.

September workshops dates, times and locations are:
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
• 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Madison County Fairgrounds–Jackson Building, 73 East Jefferson St., Winterset
• 5:30–9 p.m., ISU McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm, 45249 170th Ave., Chariton
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
• 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Jefferson County ISU Extension and Outreach Office, 2606 West Burlington Ave., Fairfield
• 5:30–9 p.m., local farm TBD, Monticello

Program agenda topics and speakers include:
• Update on Iowa Grazing and Beef Industry, with Joe Sellers or Denise Schwab, beef specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach
• Striking a balance: Establishing and monitoring business and family goals, with Laura Paine, holistic management certified educator and director of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, Wisconsin
• 2015 Grazing Season: Opportunities, Challenges and What Should We Change? – local Iowa Certified Grazier producer panelists discussion
• Custom Grazing Partnership Models, with Joe Sellers or Denise Schwab
• Advocating for agriculture: Why we should all mentor the next generation, with Laura Paine
• Pasture walk at a local farm (after lunch during day sessions and before dinner during evenings)

There is no charge to attend; however, lunch or dinner is provided depending on workshop time. To make reservations by Sept. 4, contact either Lucas County Extension office, 641-774-2016, or Joe Sellers,, 641-203-1270 or Denise Schwab at the Benton County Extension office,, 319-472-4739.

Serious Graziers Workshops are sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach–Lucas County, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Forage and Grassland Council and by the North Central-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture—National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed within do not necessarily reflect the view of the SARE program or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.