Pasture Planning Basics Course

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NRCS is offering a Basics of Pasture Planning 3-day course in Waynesville April 5 – 7, 2016. The deadline to register for the course in March 17th, 2016. Registration is free and available at http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/professional_development/Technical.html.

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Pasture Conservation PlanningSupports CCP certification by training on Conservation Planning Steps 5-9 for Pasture. Enrollment limited to 25 students.

CLASSROOM: Haywood Co-Op Extension Office 589 Raccoon Rd., Waynesville, NC

FARM: Mountain Research Station 265 Test Farm Rd., Waynesville, NC

Agenda is as follows:

TUESDAY, APRIL 5TH, 2016 [9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.]

9:00 a.m. Welcome (Begin in Classroom)

Team Introduction & Learning Needs Assessment Activity

Define Course Objectives

10:00 a.m. Grazing Plan Components & Requirements

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Pasture Division & Infrastructure Placement

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Using CPA-52 in Pasture Planning

1:30 p.m. Team Preparation for Farm Visit & Inventory

2:00 p.m. Farm Tour & Initial Assessment of Benchmark Conditions

Inventory of Farmer Objectives, Forages, Animals, Existing Infrastructure

Resource Concern Identification & CPA-52 In-Field Use

Grazing Stick Tutorial

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6TH, 2016 [8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.]

8:00 a.m. Forage – Animal Balance Calculation & Team Exercises (Begin in Classroom)

9:30 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. Principles of Forage Production

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Extending the Grazing Season & Adaptive Fertility Management

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Forage Quality – Team Activity

2:00 p.m. Feeding Site & Manure Management Overview

2:30 p.m. Farm Visit & Identification of Alternatives

Using Feeding Site Assessment Tool v 7 in Pasture Planning

Pasture Species Composition Determinations

Pasture Condition Score Card

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 7TH, 2016 [8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.]

8:00 a.m. Team Pasture Planning Exercise, optional farm visit

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Team Presentations

3:00 p.m. Course Evaluation Exercise

3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks & Adjourn