Gearing Up For Grazing! Pasture Management Walks & Talks Thursday, June 7

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Whether you own sheep, cattle, or horses, pasture management is an important part of raising farm animals.  To get the most out of your pastures they need to be maintained properly.  The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Lake Erie College, the Geauga County Ohio State University Extension, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Geauga County Farm Bureau invite you to a unique opportunity to learn more about pasture and hay management with Bob Hendershot, Ohio Department of Agriculture Grazing Specialist, and Les Ober, OSU Extension Geauga County Program Coordinator.  Two interactive pasture management walks & talks are being offered – one for livestock producers in the afternoon and one for horse owners in the evening.

The Livestock Grazing program will begin on Thursday, June 7th at 1:00 p.m. at the Chander Hill Farm (12375 Pond Road, Burton, 44021).  Gain ideas and inspiration from this truly unique operation that promotes sustainably and humanely raised Heritage Livestock.  Livestock grazing will be the focus of this pasture walk, including the process of developing and managing an intensive grazing system.  Conservation practices installed with Natural Resources Conservation Service will also be showcased.

The Equine Pasture Management program begins at 6:00 pm at Lake Erie College’s George M. Humphrey Equestrian Learning Center (8031 Morley Road, Mentor, 44060).  This program will include a short tour of Lake Erie College’s Equestrian Center and a pasture walk focusing on establishing and maintaining quality pasture for your horses.  Whether lots of acreage or smaller paddocks, gain valuable insight on pasture rotation and grazing management.

Both programs are free of charge but registration is required by June 4th.  For more information, to register, or to request any special accommodations please contact Geauga SWCD at 440-834-1122 or [email protected].

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