Conservation district to host grazing workshop Through a joint effort, local farmers and producers of livestock will be the focus of a one-day grazing workshop in Vermillion on Sept. 6 at the 4-H building on High Street.
Anyone with cattle, from a few cows to a whole herd, and those with sheep and horses can all benefit by attending.
The Clay County Conservation District, the Vermillion Watershed Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), and the Grassland Management and Planning Project have combined their expertise to bring a diverse group of speakers including ranchers, Natural Resource Conservation Service staff, and the Grasslands Project staff together to discuss topics such as herd health, importance of water quality, how grass grows, grassland management and planning, and how grazing management systems work.
Participants will have the opportunity to receive hands-on assistance for planning and implementing a grazing plan. There will also be a session to discuss what can be done to increase productivity.
�This is an excellent opportunity for livestock producers in Clay County and the surrounding area, as it is geared specifically for dealing with their needs.� said Connie Wulff, district manager for the Conservation District. �This is the first time a workshop on grazing management has been held in Clay County and I hope to see many of my customers and clients attending.�
Each participant will receive a soft cover copy of Grassland Plants of South Dakota, and a practical field tool called a grazing stick. The workshop starts at 10 a.m. and there is a small registration fee of $5 that includes lunch.
For more information, call Wulff at the Clay County Conservation District, 624-7060, extension #3.