Year-round Pasture, Silvopasture, Sustainable Grazing, and Goat Herd Management Field Day
Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension is organizing this field day to promote the sustainable livestock production system. Ruminant livestock production in Alabama is based on pasture. Highly productive and quality pasture persisting throughout a year or most of the year is important for profitable livestock enterprises. Most of the livestock producers in Alabama have warm-season perennial pastures that produce from May to October and have negligible or no production from November to April, when farmers need to invest considerably on supplementary feedstuffs such as hay, agricultural byproducts, and commercially prepared feeds to sustain their livestock. Feeding supplement for 5-6 months each year is not cost-effective. The purpose of this field day is to educate and demonstrate Extension professionals and livestock producers on developing and managing year-round pasture system. Moreover, basics of goat herd-health evaluation and management will be included among the field-day topics. This field day will be conducted on a goat producer’s farm, which has been involved in developing year-round pasture including pine silvopasture and managing the pasture and silvopasture with rotational grazing system. Participants will be able to see and experience how their livestock production system can be improved, and apply the similar system on their farms.
- Forage establishment and grazing management
- Supplementary feeding
- Economic benefits of year-round pastures
- Producer’s experience – pasture and silvopasture for goats
- Basics of managing a healthy goat herd
- NRCS support for pasture improvement and grazing management
- Field visit and hands-on: collect and composite soil samples, identify different forages, measure the forage height and calculate the available biomass, tour the open-pasture and silvopasture sites, observe planting equipment, fencing, and facilities (shelter, watering, and feeding), hoof trimming, FAMACHA use, and body condition scoring
- Participant discussion, feedback, and evaluation
Date: March 1, 2014
Time: 9 AM - 1 PM
Registration fee: None
Register by February 21 by sending the completed registration form as indicated in the form.
For driving direction and more information about the program, please see the program flyer and agenda.