A 12-month pasture and harvested forage management planning workshop designed for livestock producers, land managers and natural-resource students will be held Jan. 3-5 at North Dakota State University’s Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC).

The instructors are Lee Manske, DREC range scientist, and Toby Stroh, Dickinson State University ag instructor.

Each participant will learn how to develop an effective management strategy with twice-over rotational grazing on summer pastures in conjunction with a 12-month complementary pasture and harvested forage sequence specific for his or her ranch, says Manske.

“These science-based management strategies meet the nutrient requirements of livestock during each production period, meet the biological requirements of grass plants and rhizosphere microorganisms, increase the quantity of forage nutrients produced, improve the efficiency of forage nutrient capture, and improve the efficiency of conversion of forage nutrients into saleable animal weight commodities,” he says.

Participants can design a 12-month forage management strategy for their operations during the workshop or later. For more information, see www.GrazingHandbook.com.

Lodging, transportation and most meals are the responsibility of the participants. A lab fee of $25 per person will cover supply costs, refreshments each day and a working supper on the second day. A three-volume set of textbooks is available for $75. An ArcGIS map set will cost $75 for an average-sized ranch.

Registration is limited. Participants requesting ArcGIS maps to be developed for their ranches must register before Dec. 7. For workshop information or to register, call Manske at 701-483-2348, ext. 118, or email lewellyn.manske@ndsu.edu.