Upcoming Managed Grazing Workshop

Managed Grazing Workshop Series Poster

Managed-intensive Grazing in Western Washington
A 3-part course for anyone who manages livestock on pastures in the Northwest
In a series of three classes which blend classroom learning with hands-on site visits, livestock producers big and small will learn how to customize a management system that will enable their pastures – and their livestock – to reach their maximum production potential. High pasture productivity translates to enhanced profits, healthier environments, and happier livestock. The course is organized and taught by Washington State University, Center for Natural Lands Management, and the USDA NRCS.
WHEN: May 21st, June 20th, July 24th
WHERE: Thurston County, WA: Lacey, Olympia, Grand Mound, Tenino
COST: $40/class or $90 for complete 3-part course. Includes lunch and refreshments, “Pasture and Grazing Management” handbook, and bus service to/from the site visits.
CLASS 1: Wed., May 21, 2014, 9am-5pm
Lectures: Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, WA
Site Visit: Colvin Ranch, Tenino, WA
  • Principles of Grazing Management and Grazing Systems
  • Assessing your Site Characteristics
  • Growth, Development, Defoliation Responses of Forage
CLASS 2: Fri., June 20, 2014, 9am-5pm
Lectures: Saint Martins University, Lacey, WA
Site Visit: Fido’s Farm, Olympia, WA
  • Riparian Management, Water Quality Risk Assessment, and Monitoring Effects of Grazing
  • Stocking Rate, Carrying Capacity, and Vegetation Management
  • Small Ruminants: Breed Selection and Principles of Production
CLASS 3: Thurs., July 24, 2014, 9am-5pm
Lectures: Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, WA
Site Visit: Violet Prairie, Tenino, WA
  • Livestock Nutritional Needs, Monitoring Health and Body Conditions, and Parasite Control through Pasture Management
  • Improving Production with Prescribed Grazing Principles
  • USDA Cost-Share Programs for Livestock Producers
  • Considering Ecosystem Variation Across Western Washington
  • Navigating the Endangered Species Act
  • WSU: Steve Fransen, Susan Kerr, Tip Hudson, Steve VanVleet, Mark Heitstuman, Erik Hagan
  • USDA NRCS: Marty Chaney, Jeff Swotek
  • CNLM: Sarah Hamman, Peter Dunwiddie
  • USFWS: Ted Thomas
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination.  Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations are available for registrants with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this course, please contact Lucas Patzek at WSU Thurston County Extension (5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia, WA, 98502; lpatzek@wsu.edu360-867-2151).