Regional Grazing School to be held in Early October; preregister by September 22, 2017

The Cedar County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), University of Missouri Extension and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are working together to put on a regional grazing school in the Stockton area in early October.  The school will begin at 6:30 p. m. on the evenings of October 3rd, 5th, 10th, and 12th.  The final field day portion of the school will begin at 8:00 a. m. on October 14th.  Stockton Christian Church Activity Center at 713 West Highway 32 Stockton, Mo. is the location for the evening sessions.  Raymond and Russell Neill’s Farm approximately 6 miles west of Fair Play on Highway 32 or 9 miles east of Stockton on Highway 32 is the location of the final field day portion of the school.

Presenter for the school will include local MU Extension regional agriculture specialists and NRCS employees.  Education topics covered will include various aspects of a grazing system, including development, management and economics of grazing as well as various aspects of livestock management within a grazing system.  Information learned from the school should help livestock producers cut cost in their operation through better livestock, grazing and pasture management.  In addition to the information gained from the school, people who attend all the sessions of the school will be able to participate in soil and water conservation districts planned grazing system cost-share program.  Furthermore, by attending the school it gives a better chance to participate in the NRCS EQIP program, which provides incentives for implemented soil and water conservation practices.

To register for the regional grazing school contact the Cedar County SWCD and NRCS office at 417 – 276 – 3388  ext. 3.  Cost of the school is $125.00 per person and $25.00 for additional participants not needing materials or certificate.  Please register and pay by September 22nd to the Cedar County SWCD office (208 West St., Stockton, MO 65785) by mail or in person.  No refunds for cancellation after September 22nd.  For questions or more information on the school, contact one of the following people:  Patrick Davis, Cedar County MU Extension Center (417) 276 – 3313 or Stephanie Auffert, Cedar County SWCD office, (417) 276 – 3388, ext. 3.   Grazing School Flier.pdf and Grazing School Brochure.pdf

Cattle Genetic and Reproductive Strategies Workshop to be held on October 9th in Dadeville; Preregistration required by October 6th

University of Missouri Extension along with Worthington Angus of Dadeville, Mo. are working together to present a cattle genetics and reproductive strategies workshop that will be held on the evening of October 9th.  The workshop will be held at Worthington Angus in Dadeville, Mo. and begin at 5:30 p. m.  Worthington Angus is approximately ½ a mile north of the Highway W and Highway 245 intersection in Dadeville, Mo.  The workshop will begin with attendees looking at cattle and genetic information on cattle.  Josh Worthington of Worthington Angus will discuss how the genetic information is utilized to make bull selections.  Then following dinner Patrick Davis, Cedar County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist and Andy McCorkill Dallas County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist will discuss genetic tools and reproductive technologies that can be used to improve your cattle operation.  The event is free to the public however; preregistration is required by October 6th so that we can have a head count for dinner.  To register or for more information on the workshop please contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at 417 – 276 – 3313 or Patrick Davis by email at  Cattle Genetic and Reproductive flier.pdf 

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A unique publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. Information and provided guidelines in this updated 30-page publication grew out of the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton had building a Facebook community following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornado. Using Social Media in a Disaster.pdf

Don't guess....Soil test!

Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 1½ cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions. Results are typically provided within two weeks. 

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