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Grazing Workshop August 16 in Franklin

Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council announced that it will co-sponsor a Grazing Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. August 16 at the John Holden Farm near Franklin to benefit grazing producers. The farm is located at 396 Takitezy Rd., Franklin.

John and Kelly Holden will be the hosts for the field day. They pasture red Angus cattle in an intensively-managed grazing system. John and Kelly are new to adaptive grazing management and want to discuss their experiences in installing and using their grazing system.

Russ Wilson, noted adaptive grazing practitioner, from Wilson Land and Cattle Company, will be on hand to discuss maximizing forage yields through evaluation of intensity, duration, and timing of the grazing event with the livestock. He will explain some of the advantages of high stock density grazing and some time and money-saving tips he’s learned.

A tour of the farm will be included to review details of some of the recently installed facilities including the watering system, fencing, and prescribed grazing practices. Pasture condition, forage Identification, and soil health information will also be topics discussed for those in attendance.

The field day is open to the public and the cost of attending the workshop is $5 per person, which includes lunch. Register early (the deadline is Aug. 10) as space may be limited.

Registration is available online with a credit card at the Penn Soil RC&D website www.pennsoil.org, or you can print a registration form and mail a check to Penn Soil RC&D Council at 4000 Conewango Ave., Warren, PA 16365 to reserve your spot at the field day. If you have a disability and require an accommodation to attend, call (814) 726-1441.

The workshop and field day for the benefit of grass-based livestock producers is being co-sponsored by PA Grazing Lands Coalition, Northwest PA Project Grass, Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, Penn State Cooperative Extension, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Venango County Conservation District.

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