Making a Difference   Participants Develop Knowledge at Eastern Kansas Grazing Schools

Making a Difference
Participants Develop Knowledge at Eastern Kansas Grazing Schools
The Situation The recent drought reduced the productivity of
grasslands throughout Kansas. This program
addressed that issue with education on alternative
forages, rotational grazing, and improved soil and
water management.
Participants also indicated they intended to make
numerous improvements in grassland
management, including rotational grazing and
grazing of cover crops.
What We Did In September 2013, a two-day Eastern Kansas
Grazing School was jointly developed and
promoted by a team of agents from the Frontier
and Meadowlark districts, as well as Coffey,
Douglas, and Shawnee counties. Attendees
managed a total of 13,200 acres of grassland. In
addition to presentations by extension specialists
and Natural Resources Conservation Service
personnel, participants had the opportunity to
apply what they had learned in a field exercise. Grazing school participants cared for a large number
and broad variety of livestock species.
Success Story Attendees reported that they owned or operated on
average 347 acres of grassland and 362 acres of
cropland. Comments included: “One of the best
seminars I have ever been to” and “This grazing
school was excellent! Informative and
Field exercise Contact
Rod Schaub
Frontier District ANR Agent
128 W. 15th St., Lyndon, KS 66451
(785) 828-4438
[email protected]
Outcomes Participants’ self-assessments indicated impressive
knowledge gain. Participants reported increasing to
ratings of “knowledgeable” or “very knowledgeable”
by a minimum of 42% for “Economics of
Grazing,” with maximum knowledge gain of 74%
for “Fencing and Watering.”
Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service
K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work, Acts
of May 8 and June 30, 1914, as amended. Kansas State University, County Extension Councils, Extension Districts, and United States
Department of Agriculture Cooperating, John D. Floros, Director.