Greg Judy and Kathy Voss will be keynote speakers at the 2011 Appalachian Grazing Conference, set for March 4-5 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, WV.

Judy will discuss the economics of high-density grazing. He and his wife, Jan, of Clark, MO, run a grazing operation on 1,400 acres of mostly leased land on 11 farms. They went from near bankruptcy in 1999 to now owning three farms and leasing eight others, using holistic high-density planned grazing to custom-graze cows, cow-calf pairs, bred heifers, horses and stockers.

Turning livestock into weed eaters will be Voth’s topic . She developed a way for farmers and ranchers to reduce costs and increase profits by training cows to eat weeds in just 10 hours over 10 days. She has trained cattle and bison in Colorado, Montana, Oregon and California to eat a wide variety of weeds, including thistles, mustards, toadflax and knapweed.

Other topics will include winter pasture management, low-cost cow-calf production, grass-finished beef, multi-species grazing and biological brush control.

The full registration fee is $75 if paid by Feb. 3; $100 after that date. Single-day registration is $50. For more information, click here.