Improve Your Triple Bottom Line Through Better Grazing
Grazing is more than simply turning livestock out onto a green pasture and hoping for the best. With sound grazing management, you can reduce your workload, keep your animals happier and healthier, and improve the overall productivity and profitability of your farm. Well-managed grazing systems also provide greater environmental benefits and enhance habitat for many wildlife species.
In this course, you’ll learn the key concepts of successful grazing operations that can be adapted and successfully implemented on your own farm. The course focus will be on grazing ruminant livestock, but most of the information will be relevant to non-ruminant animals as well.
At the end of this course you will:
- Know common grazing terminology, systems and methodology
- Be able to articulate the fundamental principles of every successful grazing system
- Have confidence in implementing or enhancing a grazing system for your farm
- Know how to monitor, evaluate and refine the grazing system
The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.
Brett Chedzoy is a forestry and agriculture educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County. He has long been a proponent and practitioner of silvopasture - the integration of grazing animals and trees. Brett and his family also own and operate Angus Glen Farms, LLC in Watkins Glen, NY – a 500 acre grazing operation raising grass-fed beef.
All levels: You will get the most out of this course if you already have livestock, or have at least a basic knowledge of the grazing behavior of livestock. But anyone is welcome to participate, even if you don't already have animals.