A widely traveled grazier and expert on the benefits of high density grazing is the feature speaker at the Dec. 3 at a special workshop at the Gage County Fairgrounds in Beatrice.
Neil Dennis is an avid promoter of proper grazing practices and long-time user of high density grazing in his operation across the U.S. border in southeast Saskatchewan. He has spoken in seven Canadian provinces and often in the United States. He has developed a system to move 1,000-plus head of cattle easily with minimal stress. His practices have improved carrying capacity by 300 to 400%.
The workshop is sponsored by the Five Rivers RC&D and the Southeast Nebraska Grassland Association. It will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•Building soil health with high stock density grazing.
•Pasture and water layouts, livestock water needs.
•Tools and equipment needed to make the process easier.
•Bale grazing, swatch grazing, winter watering.
•Modifications to corrals to make cattle flow.
•Manure patties in high-intensity grazing.
•Types of cattle that work for you.
Dennis says his soils are healthier with more microorganisms and better water-holding capacity and more plant diversity. "I gain 20 to 30% more utilization of the grass," he says.
He also says he has better weight gains in his cattle, with heifers gaining up to 1.7 pounds per day on grass with no supplement.
After lunch, there will be networking opportunities and a question-and-answer session.
Dinner will conclude the day.
Registration is $75 per person, which includes breaks, lunch and dinner.
Other entities supporting the workshop are University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Savery Feed, Crete Lumber and Farm Supply, Farm Credit Services of America, Tecumseh Lumber, and Farmers Cooperative in Dorchester and Plymouth.
For more information, contact the Five Rivers R&CD at 402-335-3347 or email [email protected].