~ From a press release submitted by the Virginia Department of Agriculture
There will be a series of educational meetings focused on Grazing Management that will be held at the Strasburg Community Center, 726 East Queen Street, Strasburg, beginning in February 2020. This is a three-night series that will be held Feb. 6, 13, 20, and a snow date of Feb. 27. The meeting will begin from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There is a $35 registration fee for the series and advanced registration is required. Please contact the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension to register by calling (540) 459-6140.
This meeting is a collaborative effort between Virginia Cooperative Extension, The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
There is well over 100,000 acres of grazing land in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Good pasture management is essential to ensuring profitable livestock enterprises. This educational series is designed to provide in-depth information about Grazing Management. Livestock producers will be able to have significant interaction with both the speakers and other farmers in attendance. The series will include information on the fundamentals of how grass grows and how to optimize grass yield and quality through good grazing management, options for extending the grazing season, and options for managing drought situations. On the final night, livestock producers will be able to meet one-on-one with grazing experts to look at ways for improving the grazing management on their farms.
Every meeting will start at 6 p.m. with a light dinner. There is a $35 registration fee (advanced registration preferred). Please register in advance by calling the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at (540) 459-6140 by Jan. 22. Please provide your name, phone number, and e-mail when you register. Checks can be made payable to “Treasurer, Virginia Tech” and mailed to VCE-Shenandoah County, 600 North Main St., Suite 100, Woodstock, Va. 22664.