The Evils of Overgrazing with Steve Fransen
Managing grass-fed livestock in Western Washington is a challenge in good years and expensive in bad years, especially when the land is worn out from overgrazing. Not only does overgrazing weaken pasture grasses and forbes, it can have a negative long-term effect on the land itself, making recovery to a healthy stand difficult without the right knowledge and techniques.
Join us October 25, 2012 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Qualco Energy Conference Center, 18117 203rd St. SE, Monroe (just off SR 203) for a workshop on improving and maintaining high-quality pasture for your livestock with forage expert Dr. Steve Fransen from WSU Extension.
You'll learn to recognize overgrazing, what the short- and long-term effects and damage can be, how it contributes to other environmental problems, as well as how it can contribute to livestock health issues. Dr. Fransen will discuss how to determine carrying capacity for your land as well as what is necessary to bring your pasture into prime health. You'll learn how critical timing is to maintain healthy pasture along with how to set up a rotational plan that will work best for your situation.
WSU's Forage Agronomist Steve Fransen has been researching forage and crop quality for almost 30 years. He has authored numerous publications on grassland and pasture management and is known throughout the region as the 'go-to' person on pasture, hay, and forageland management techniques. He literally wrote the bookalong with Mike Hacketton Western Washington haymaking, publishing "Haymaking on the Westside" in 2001. Each summer and fall, Steve makes the rounds to many county fairs throughout Washington and Oregon to judge hay contests, as well as speaking to farmers and ranchers throughout the West on sound pasture management.
Seating is limited and early registration is encouraged. Earlybird registration is $20/person through Oct 24 or $30/person payable at the door only if space is still available.
Qualco Energy Conference Center (View)
18117 203rd St. SE
Monroe, WA 98272
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|