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Forage Training Workshop

Georgia Grazing School

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2018 Advanced Grazing School

Univ. of Georgia | College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Vidalia Onion Research and Education Center (8163 Hwy 178, Lyons, GA)

8:00         Registration. Coffee and snacks.

8:45         Welcome, Introductions, and Getting to Know One Another

  (Drs. Dennis Hancock and Jennifer Tucker, UGA)

                (Philip Brown, USDA-NRCS Grazinglands Specialist)

9:15         Manipulating forage growth and grazing behavior.

                 (Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA)

10:00       Break (Visit Sponsor’s Booths)

10:30       Southern Forages: Yield, distribution, and quality.

                 (Philip Brown, USDA-NRCS Grazinglands Specialist)

11:00       Optimizing the size, number, and layout of your paddocks

                 (Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA)

11:30       Sketching Out the Ideal: Planning the Grazing System

                 (Philip Brown, USDA-NRCS Grazinglands Specialist)

12:00       Lunch (Visit Sponsor’s Booths)

UP AND AT ‘EM: Head outside after lunch for a few hands-on demos

12:45       STEP RIGHT UP: Guess the weight and the quality and win a prize!

              (Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA)

12:55       Importance of taking a good forage sample

             (Dr. Jennifer Tucker, UGA)

1:10         Matching forages with livestock needs

             (Dr. Jennifer Tucker, UGA)

1:50         Supplementation options and limitations

             (Dr. Lawton Stewart, UGA)

2:10         Ration balancing exercise using participant’s samples

             (Drs. Jennifer Tucker and Lawton Stewart, UGA)

2:30         Break (Visit Sponsors)

3:00         Weed management strategies in grazed pastures

              (Dr. Patrick McCullough, UGA)

3:30         Winter annual species and variety selection

              (Tayler Denman, UGA)

3:50         Data Review: Animal performance on winter annual forages

              (Dr. Jennifer Tucker, UGA)

4:15         Summer annual species and variety selection

               (Dr. Deidre Harmon, NCSU)

4:45         Data Review: Animal performance on summer annual forages

               (Robert McKee, UGA)

5:10         Supper, Discussion, and Fellowship

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Vidalia Onion Research and Education Center (8163 Hwy 178, Lyons, GA)

7:30             Coffee and snacks.

8:00         How to use soil testing and plant tissue analyses in grazing systems

              (Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA)

8:30         Nutrient distribution and tactics to manage grazing behavior

              (Dr. Dory Franklin, UGA)

9:00         Lime and fertilizer options available to pasture managers

              (Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA)

9:30         Benefits and limitations of using poultry litter in grazing systems

              (Dr. Miguel Cabrera, UGA)

10:00       Break

10:30       Bahiagrass or bermudagrass? What makes the most economic sense?

              (Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA)

11:00       Review of bahiagrass and bermudagrass varieties

              (Tayler Denman, UGA)

11:30       Bermudagrass stem maggot management

              (Dr. Lisa Baxter, UGA)

12:00       Lunch (Visit Sponsor’s Booths)

UP AND AT ‘EM: Head outside after lunch for a few hands-on demos

1:00         Calibration exercises (no-till drill and sprayers)

               (Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA)

1:30         Grazing influences on roots

               (Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA)

1:45         Good grazing = inc. soil moisture, inc. soil health, and lower erosion.

              (Philip Brown, NRCS Grassland Conservationist)

              (Nathan Lowder, NRCS Soil Health Specialist)

2:30         Break (Visit Sponsors)

2:50         Head to Newly Halter’s Farm

3:15         Visit farm

4:45         Return to VOREC

5:00      Evaluation and Dismiss (Have a Safe Trip Home!)

List of Exhibitors:

Athens Seed

Pasture Management Systems, Inc.

Pennington Seed

More pending…

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