Ultra-high density grazing is topic of March 29 webinar
Ultra-high stock density grazing is the management tool of grazing livestock in much higher-than-normal concentrations to achieve landscape-focused objectives. The long-term goal is to enhance soils, forages and livestock production.
Such grazing is usually expressed in pounds of live-weight per acre at a given moment in time. Depending on the environment and forages, ultra-high stock densities are usually in excess of 100,000 pounds of animal live-weight per acre with some graziers exceeding 1 million pounds per acre thus requiring multiple moves to fresh pasture daily.
Great Plains Grazing team member and Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation consultant, Hugh Aljoe, will present “Ultra-High Stock Density Grazing: 5 Precautions Before Implementation,” a free webinar at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, March 29. The webinar is open to anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of a practice known as “mob grazing.” It is hosted by Great Plains Grazing, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative-Coordinated Agricultural Project (USDA-AFRI-CAP) grant.
Webinar participants can expect to learn infrastructure needs; setting production goals and measuring them; and differences between stocking density and grazing intensity.
Aljoe serves as a pasture and range consultant in the foundation’s agricultural division consultation program. He serves as the consultation program manager, coordinating the efforts of the division’s agricultural consultants across its 47-county service area, in both Oklahoma and Texas.
Before joining the Noble Foundation in 1995, Aljoe was the ranch manager of Belvedere Land & Cattle Corp. for 10 years. He supervised the growth of the ranch from a small 450-acre, 150-head purebred ranch into an extensive 3,900-acre, 1,500-head purebred and commercial cow-calf operation. Forage resources were predominantly introduced bermudagrass pastures (overseeded to ryegrass) that were operated in modified short-duration grazing systems.
This webinar is part of a monthly series hosted by Great Plains Grazing. The webinar series aims to provide research-based information, and is targeted for producers and extension agents. Previous webinars are archived and available for viewing on the Great Plains Grazing website at http://www.greatplainsgrazing.org.
Due to Zoom’s space limitations, this webinar is only available to the first 100 participants.
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