MU Extension offers pasture walks

  • Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

SEDALIA, Mo. – Several forage management events, including a native warm-season grass pasture walk, regional grazing schools, an advanced grazing school and weekly virtual Forages/Livestock Town Hall meetings will be held in coming weeks, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz.

A pasture walk emphasizing native warm-season grass establishment will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. Participants can see six establishments planted in spring 2020 and learn about their productivity and management. Schmitz says these forages can be a profitable addition to cool-season forage systems but need different management strategies for success.

MU Extension, State Fair Community College, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the NRCS + MU Grasslands Project sponsor the plots and the pasture walks.

Regional grazing schools set for Aug. 3-5 in Higginsville and Aug. 24-26 in Lincoln qualify participants for cost-share programs through Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Schmitz says. The three-day events cover managed grazing systems.

An Advanced Grazing Workshop will be held Sept. 14-15 in Sedalia. Topics include forage selection; soil health in pasture systems; pasture, range and forage insurance; supplementation strategies; and hay sampling. Participants will learn ways to assess pasture condition, identify forage and weed species and estimate forage availability.

This event is partially funded through an NRCS Conservation Partnership grant obtained by MU Extension specialists in west-central Missouri.

To register for pasture walks, contact Schmitz at [email protected] or call MU Extension in Pettis County at 660-827-0591.

Schmitz reminds producers that the weekly Forages/Livestock Town Halls continue in 2021. The free programs are noon-1 p.m. Thursdays via Zoom. MU Extension climatologist Pat Guinan begins each session with a weather update. A presentation on a forage or livestock topic follows. Upcoming programs include profitable heifer development enterprises and stockpiling tall fescue for winter grazing. Register at Recordings of past town halls are available at

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