A total of 23 people participated in a grazing school aimed at increasing the ability of producers to graze livestock more effectively. The program, held Oct. 18-19, was implemented by the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council and partner groups including Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District, Pittsylvania Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
The two-day event was hosted by Mike and Wanda McDowell at Locust Level Farm in Vernon Hill. During these two days, participants learned about soil fertility, forage growth, livestock nutrition, allocation forage to animals and herd health. As a part of the program the participants were divided into groups with each group given a group of cattle and scenario in which they had to manage the forage for a day.
This hands-on experience gave the participants a better understanding of meeting forage supply with animal demand.
Anyone interested in forage management or to attend one of these sessions in the future should contact Halifax SWCD or the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council.