Livestock Water and Fencing Development

Mark Green, NRCS specialist from Missouri will return to Kansas to offer his very popular workshop on electric fencing and livestock watering options September 9, 2014 in Topeka, KS. The workshop will be held at the Topeka Ramada, 420 SE 6th Avenue with registration beginning at 8:30 AM. The program lasts until 4:00 PM.

Green's workshop, which includes additional information for producers who have sheep and goats, is part of Amazing Grazing II: For Ruminants Great and Small, an evolution of the Amazing Grazing: Enhancing Risk Management Education for Kansas Graziers and Livestock Producers Project, which started July 1, 2014 and concludes June 30, 2015.

Water availability is the number one limiting factor for grazing possibilities. The addition of electric fencing will increase grazing options that can in-turn benefit range health, the soil, as well as improve production and profitability. 

Green will explain electric fence products, the pros and cons of various materials used in electric fence construction, and installation techniques. Producers always enjoy Green’s cowboy humor and expertise from years of experience. He states:

I believe that folks in my line of work should gather information that works and pass it on to the ranchers I work with. What makes me different is that I am not selling anything; I am sharing the ideas I have seen visiting many ranches. Even little things can make a big difference. I will relay what works; as well as things to avoid in water and fencing.

He will also cover livestock watering topics, water distribution for improved grazing distribution, permanent and portable tanks, above and below ground pipeline, and water sources—wells, streams, springs, and ponds. Fencing and watering needs for sheep and goats will also be included in the workshop.

Save $5.00 with Earlybird Registration. Ends August 31!

Cost for the workshop is $30.00, which includes lunch and publications on electric fencing and water development. Please register by September 6.

Register online HERE.

Please contact Mary Howell at kfu.mary@gmail.com, or call 785-562-8726 with questions.

A block of rooms is being held at the Topeka Ramada, call 785-234-5400. Please check the website often for other upcoming events, and to sign up for our news as it happens: AmazingGrazingKansas.com

Along with Kansas Farmers Union and the Kansas Graziers Association, Amazing Grazing II partners include: Kansas NRCS, Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, Kansas State Research and Extension, Farm Credit, and the Kansas Grazing Land Coalition, with funding from North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


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