21st Annual Spring Grazing Conference

The 21st Annual Spring Grazing Conference is being held on Wednesday and Thursday, March 21 and 22nd, 2018 at the Trinity Point Church of God in Clarion, PA.

This year’s conference will focus on many aspects of improving low input grazing systems. Sessions will cover topics such as brood cow efficiency and nutrition, how soil health and profitability are related, extending the grazing season, marketing opportunities, health and economics of grass finished meat and developing and implementing grazing leases.

Two keynote speakers Teddy Gentry and Greg Judy bring a wealth of knowledge gained through experience in tuning and evaluating the many pieces of a grazing system to maximize functionality and profitability. Gentry will share his insights into breeding cattle to fit environmental conditions along with how grazing management has benefitted his beef cattle operation. Gentry owns and operates the Bent Tree Cattle Co., located near Fort Payne. Greg wrote a book, entitled “NO RISK RANCHING, Custom Grazing On Leased Land”, which gives a complete breakdown on the methods they used to build their operation of 1,600 acres from scratch.

More than 30 companies and organizations will exhibit products and services during the event.

Registration - $85 for 2-days & evening session, $45 for 1-day only (Continental Breakfast & Lunch included) registration deadline 3/14/18. Bonus evening session with Greg Judy on March 21 $20. To Register or for more information visit the link below  or contact Brittany Dittemore at 814-503-8653,or bdittemore@headwatersrcd.net.

This event is being presented by Headwaters RC&D Council, USDA-NRCS, USDA-Rural Development, Clarion County Conservation District,  Clearfield County Conservation District, Jefferson County Conservation District, Venango County Conservation District, Penn State Extension, Foundations for PA Watersheds, Dean's Dairy, PA Grazing Lands Coalition, Northwest Community Foundation, and PA Project Grass.

A copy of the Brochure can be found using this link 21st Annual Spring Grazing Conf Brochure

To register for this event click here


Agenda - March 21, 2018

 

7:45-8:30 am - Registration

8:30-8:40 am - Welcome & Introductions

8:40-9:40 am - Teddy Gentry Part 1 - Efficiency of cow calf production; the material side

9:40-10:10 am - Break

10:10-11:10 am -  Breakout Sessions

A. Tara Felix- Advance nutrition in beef cows

B. Gary Gilmore - Charcoal; helping your live stock and building soil

C. Ron Gargasz - Health benefits grass finished beef

11:10-12:00 pm - Meg Grzeskiewicz - Generating cash flow in cow-calf operations

12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm - Teddy Gentry, Part 2 - Efficiency of cow calf production; the material side

2:00-2:30 pm - Break

2:30-3:30 pm - Local Farmers - Dawson Dibbern, George Gaffron, & Gary Yeaney

 

Evening Session - March 21, 2018

6:30-8:30 pm - Greg Judy - How to find and develop profitable grazing leases & economical water and fencing construction on grazing operations.

 

Agenda - March 22, 2018

7:45-8:30 am - Registration

8:30-8:40 am - Welcome & Introductions

8:40-9:40 am - Greg Judy - Building healthy soil and profits with planned grazing

9:40-10:10 am - Break

10:10-11:10 am -  Breakout Sessions

A. Melanie BarkleyWinter feed budgets...how much of what?

B. Aaron Miller- The economics of marketing grass-fed beef

C. Russ Wilson- Nutrient recycling in adaptive grazing systems

11:10-12:00 pm - Jessica Williamson- Extending your grazing season

12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm - Greg Judy - Monitoring animal performance with planned grazing

2:00-2:30 pm - Break

2:30-3:30 pm - Speaker Panel

 

Speakers

Keynote: Teddy Gentry, Country Music Legend

Teddy Gentry, bass player for the legendary country music group ALABAMA, was born and raised on Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, Alabama. Gentry will share his insights into breeding cattle to fit environmental conditions along with how grazing management has benefitted his beef cattle operation. Gentry owns and operates the Bent Tree Cattle Co., located near Fort Payne. The farm is home to the South Poll composite breed of cattle, developed from Red Angus, Hereford, Senepol and Barzona genetics.

Keynote: Greg Judy, Author

Greg and Jan Judy of Clark, Missouri run a grazing operation on 1620 acres of leased and owned land. Greg and Jan went from near bankruptcy in 1999 to paying off a 200 acre farm and house in 3 years with custom grazing on leased land and are completely debt free today.

Greg wrote a book in 2001, entitled “NO RISK RANCHING, Custom Grazing On Leased Land”, which gives a complete breakdown on the methods they used to build their operation from scratch. In 2008 Greg wrote a second book “COMEBACK FARMS, Rejuvenating Soils, Pastures and Profits with Livestock Grazing Management”. Greg’s newest book covers all the methods they use with Holistic High Density Grazing, multi-species grazing, grass finishing animals, and eliminating costly inputs.

 

A block of rooms are available at:

Hampton Inn Clarion—4 Hospital Drive, Clarion, PA 16214.   814-226-444.   “Grazing Conference” —$109 + tax & fees

To book online visit: http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/C/CLAPAHX-GC3-20180321/index.jhtml

To get discounted rate please book by March 7th .