Nebraska Grazing Conference offered Aug. 10-11 |

Nebraska Grazing Conference offered Aug. 10-11

LINCOLN, Neb. – The 10th annual Nebraska Grazing Conference will be at the Kearney Holiday Inn Aug. 10-11.

In addition to speakers from Nebraska including faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, conference participants will hear talks given by presenters from three other states and another country.

On Aug. 10 Neil Dennis of Sunnybrae Farms in Saskatchewan, Canada, will talk about building soil health with high stock density. That same day Dennis will be joined by Doug Peterson of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Missouri and UNL’s Terry Gompert for a breakout session devoted to techniques to enable mob grazing on individual farms and ranches.

The other breakout session will be on generational transitioning, and will feature John McGlynn of Verdigre on financial planning, Sherry Vinton of Whitman and her daughter Jessica Taylor of Tryon on continuing the ranching tradition, and Todd and Kristen Eggerling of Martell on conservation management of land through generations.

Always a popular topic at this conference, cattle handling will be addressed in two presentations. Veterinarian Tom Noffsinger of Benkelman will discuss stockmanship concepts in an afternoon session, and caregiver impact on cattle performance in an evening workshop.

On Aug. 11, Jim Knopik of Belgrade will talk about his mobile meat plant and how he markets grass-fed meat, UNL’s Dennis Bauer will address the feasibility of using custom mineral mixes, and Walter Schacht and Jerry Volesky, both with UNL, will present grazing strategies for Sandhills uplands.

A discussion of the relationship between grazing systems and ecosystems will include Andy Bishop with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Heidi Hillhouse with UNL discussing the critical importance of grazing in Rainwater Basin wetlands, Jonathan Haufler of Montana, who will cover restoring grassland ecosystems in Nebraska, and Walter Schacht, who will present results of research on managing grazinglands for upland game birds.

For more information, go to the Center for Grassland Studies Web site,, contact the center at (402) 472-4101, e-mail, or contact a local UNL extension office.

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