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Learn low-stress livestock handling for grazing management

The right animals, in the right place, at the right time. The Middle Park Conservation District, in conjunction with NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation District), Blue Valley Ranch and Gunnison National Forest Paonia District is inviting livestock producers and agency professionals to a prescribed grazing and herding workshop on August 28 and 29 from 8 am to 5 pm. The workshop will be presented at Blue Valley Ranch, with some classroom instruction and background, but most of the time will be on the ground instruction and practice with Guy Glossom, manager of the award winning Mesquite Ranch in Snyder, Texas. During the day on Friday and Saturday participants will learn how to move cattle easily and efficiently with very little stress on the animals. Friday evening, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m., at the CSU Extension Hall, Dave Bradford from Gunnison National Forest Paonia District, and John Kossler, representing the West Elk Livestock Association, will give a talk on their experiences using these practices in the West Elk Mountains.

Prescribed grazing that meets the needs of soil and plants as well as animals and their owners is the single most important practice to improve the management and health, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our grazing land resources. West-wide, intensive prescribed grazing management has demonstrated improvements in land health and livestock production, while set-stocked, continuously grazed lands and lands under long-term rest from grazing have not recovered from degradation or have deteriorated further.

Participation is limited to 25 people and the fee is $50 per person. The workshop will be geared to livestock producers and agency personnel that deal with grazing allotments. Contact the Middle Park Conservation District at 724-3456 to reserve a space. Lunches will be provided both days. The workshop is supported by CSU Extension and funded by GLCI (Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative).