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Livestock Water and Fencing Workshop Set for September 9



August 21, 2014
Mark Green, NRCS specialist from Missouri, will return to Kansas to offer his popular workshop on electric fencing and livestock watering options for all species of livestock September 9 in Topeka, KS. The workshop will be held at the Topeka Ramada, 420 SE 6th Ave., with registration beginning at 8:30 AM. The workshop is scheduled to last until 4:00 PM.

Green's workshop, which includes additional information for producers who have sheep and goats, is part of "Amazing Grazing II: For Ruminants Great and Small," an evolution of the Amazing Grazing: Enhancing Risk Management Education for Kansas Graziers and Livestock Producers Project, which started July 1, 2014 and concludes June 30, 2015. For a complete list of events and workshops, go to www.AmazingGrazingKansas.com.

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 always enjoy Green's cowboy humor and expertise from years of experience. He states, "I believe that folks in my line of work should gather information that works and pass it on to the ranchers I work with. 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."

Cost for the workshop is $30.00, which includes lunch and two handouts on electric fencing and water development. An early-bird registration savings of $5.00 is available to those who register before August 31. Please register online at www.kansasgraziers.blogspot.com or contact Mary Howell by email at kfu.mary@gmail.com or call 785-562-8726.

Amazing Grazing project collaborators include Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, National Resources Conservation Service, Kansas State Research and Extension, and Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, Farm Credit Services and Kansas Graziers Association.Visit the Amazing Grazing blog, www.AmazingGrazingKansas.com, for project information, event details, or to sign-up for the e-newsletter.

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