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Published June 07, 2019
An opportunity for ranchers and small-acreage landowners to learn more about grazing management is Saturday, June 22, at Amsden Creek Wildlife Habitat Management Area near Dayton.
University of Wyoming Extension educator Blaine Horn says the grazing management field day will help landowners learn more about rangeland plants of the area; how soils affect what grows; the harvest efficiency; what animal unit month (AUM) and animal unit day (AUD) are; and how to apply the information to maintain and improve pasture conditions.
Horn, a certified professional in rangeland management, is the instructor.
“Knowledge of the rangeland plants of your pastures will help you do a better job in managing the grazing of your animals to maintain or improve the conditions of your pastures,” Horn says.
Attendees will meet in Dayton at 9:30 a.m. at the Scott Bicentennial Park and carpool, if needed, to the area.
From 10 a.m.-noon, attendees will identify rangeland plants and learn about their growth forms, life span, season of growth, origin, how they grow and if palatable to livestock and grazing. Soil characteristics and the effect on plants will be discussed. There also will be a soil texturing activity.
From 1-3 p.m., an overview will be given of rangeland forage production and determining the allowable grazing for livestock and why. Daily forage requirements for livestock, AUM and AUD will be discussed. There will be a hands-on activity to determine the area needed to provide an AUD’s amount of forage. A discussion on grazing management practice to help maintain and improve pasture conditions concludes the day.
Having healthy pastures will provide good forage for animals and, in turn, keep them healthy, Horn says.
Participants will need to bring sack lunches, but water and pop will be provided. Restroom facilities are at Tongue River Campground.
There is no fee to register for the field day, but attendees need to register by Wednesday, June 19.
To register or for more information, call the Johnson County Extension Office at (307) 684-7522 and ask for Horn.