Fencing and Grazing Clinic Offers Technology, Tours and Tools

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4/29/2021

Cattle grazing in pasture.

The Fencing and Grazing Clinic is set for June 17
at the ISU Beef Teaching Farm.

AMES, Iowa – The Fencing and Grazing Clinic, organized and hosted by Iowa Beef Center, Department of Animal Science, and ISU Beef Teaching Farm at Iowa State University, is set for June 17 at the Beef Teaching Farm in Ames. Iowa State Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy said a variety of topics, speakers and learning opportunities make this clinic a “must-attend” for anyone who works with cattle, grazing and fencing in their operations.

“Attendees of this one-day event will learn about considerations for a grazing plan, tour the ISU Beef Teaching Farm and participate in a fencing demonstration led by Gallagher on permanent and temporary fencing,” she said. “Fencing laws, ISU research updates and interaction with an experienced grazier producer panel also are on the agenda.”

Beef teaching farm manager David Bruene said participants will be able to see and ask about methods being tried on the farm for extending the grazing season and controlling cow costs.

“We’ve been experimenting with cover crops, annual forages, paddock renovation and swath grazing,” Bruene said. “The on-farm component allows us to showcase some of what we’re doing, and producers can learn from our successes and mistakes.”

Participants will be split into two groups to allow for easier hands-on demonstrations and small group discussions during both the classroom and in-field settings. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a meal prepared by the Story County Cattlemen. The event flyer offers a quick look at topics, date, time and location, and sponsor listing.

There is no cost to attend; however, all registration must be done online on the event website at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/fencing/

Organizers are prioritizing the health and safety of Iowans and are following the most current federal, state, local, and university COVID-19 guidelines. Participants are required to wear a face covering when in the presence of others and unable to maintain a six-foot physical distance.

 

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The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Contacts:
Erika Lundy, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 641-745-5902, ellundy@iastate.edu
Beth Reynolds, ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist, bethr@iastate.edu


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