December 8, 2011

More than 200 graziers, producers, and extension representatives took part in a video grazing conference co-hosted by the Midwest Forage Association, Grazing Lands Conservation Association, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Cattleman's Association, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the University of Minnesota-Extension.

"Grazing Research for Minnesota's Future" was held at five locations throughout Minnesota on Thursday, December 8, and featured presentations from some of Minnesota's leading forage, grazing, dairy, and USDA-ARS scientists. Each of the five locations (Thief River Falls, Grand Rapids, Staples, Lamberton, and Rochester) featured at least one onsite speaker, while the rest were viewed interactively via video. View speaker sessions below.

A.M. session (approximately 2 hours)
Grasses for Minnesota Grazing Systems by UMN-Extension Forage Agronomist Paul Peterson
Grazing Management of Annual Ryegrass in Combination with Rape or Turnips Seeded on Cattle Winter Feeding Areas by UMN-NCROC Agronomist Russ Mathison
Cycling & Loss of Nutrients in Pastures: There's No Substitute for Good Management by USDA-ARS-DFRC Scientist Michael Russelle
Maintaining Pasture Productivity: The Effects of Extent & Timing of Grazing by USDA-ARS-DFRC Scientist Geoff Brink

P.M. session (approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes)
Silvopasture: An Agroforestry Management Practice for Woodland Grazing by UMN-Extension Agroforestry Specialist Diomy Zamora
Crossbreeding Dairy Cattle For Improved Milk Production on Pasture by UMN-WCROC Dairy Scientist Brad Heins
Statewide Grazier Panel (GLCA members presenting from each location)

If you would like to order the proceedings, please send $15.00 to:
Midwest Forage Association
4630 Churchill St. #1
St. Paul, MN 55126