Mark Green, NRCS specialist from Missouri will return to Kansas to offer his popular workshop on electric fencing and livestock watering options September 9 in Topeka. The workshop will be held at the Topeka Ramada, 420 Southeast 6th Avenue with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and will last until 4 p.m.
Water availability is the number one limiting factor for grazing possibilities. The addition of electric fencing will increase grazing options that can in-turn benefit range health, the soil, as well as improve production and profitability.
Green will explain electric fence products, the pros and cons of various materials used in electric fence construction, and installation techniques.
He will also cover livestock watering topics, water distribution for improved grazing distribution, permanent and portable tanks, above and below ground pipeline, and water sources—wells, streams, springs, and ponds. Fencing and watering needs for sheep and goats will also be included in the workshop.
Producers enjoy Green’s cowboy humor and expertise from years of experience. "I believe that folks in my line of work should gather information that works and pass it on to the ranchers I work with," Green says. "What makes me different is that I am not selling anything; I am sharing the ideas I have seen visiting many ranches. Even little things can make a big difference. I will relay what works; as well as things to avoid in water and fencing."
Topics covered include:
Water Development for Serious Graziers
* Livestock water requirements
* Water Sources: wells, streams, springs & ponds
* Siting water for improved grazing distribution
* Permanent and portable tanks
* Above and below ground pipeline
Fencing for Serious Graziers
* Pros and cons of various electric fence construction materials
* Permanent & temporary fencing installation techniques
* Fence building
* Floating corner post installation
Cost for the workshop is $30.00, which includes lunch and publications on electric fencing and water development. The registration deadline is September 6, but producers can save $5 with earlybird registration, which ends August 31. Participants can register online here.
Please contact Mary Howell at [email protected], or call 785-562-8726 with questions.
A block of rooms is being held at the Topeka Ramada: 785-234-5400.
Along with Kansas Farmers Union and the Kansas Graziers Association, Amazing Grazing II partners include: Kansas NRCS, Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, Kansas State University Research and Extension, Farm Credit, and the Kansas Grazing Land Coalition, with funding from North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
For more information on the Amazing Grazing series, visit AmazingGrazingKansas.com.