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Livestock Grazing Home Study Course

A course for livestock producers interested in running a profitable livestock operation that focuses on feeding animals with pasture resources.
Good grazing management practices can lead to high quality forages that support livestock nutritional needs throughout the grazing season.

Good grazing management practices can lead to high quality forages that support livestock nutritional needs throughout the grazing season.

This course is perfect for beginning grazers and a great review for seasoned grazers. The course is most appropriate for producers who would raise forages that would be grown in temperate areas such as in the northeastern United States.

Lessons

The six lessons in the course cover:

  • getting started with pastures
  • plants in the pasture
  • pasture management
  • pasture facilities
  • grazing management
  • grazing economics

Upcoming Course

The next course is scheduled to begin on October 12, 2016.

Register for the course online or by calling 814-445-8912.

For questions about the course, please send an email to meh7@psu.edu or contact Melanie at 814-623-4800.

How Does The Course Work?

  • Lessons are mailed weekly for six weeks. The first lesson will be mailed or emailed on October 15. Postal participants will receive a CD of materials.
  • Read weekly lesson materials and complete worksheet.
  • Return worksheet and any questions to your instructor.
  • Worksheets ask questions about your individual operation. You will receive personalized comments and suggestions for ways to improve your operation. If you don't graze livestock yet, simply answer the questions based on what you plan to do.

Cost Of The Course

  • Internet/email $50.00
  • Postal service $85.00

What's In It For Me?

  • You will gain a better understanding of the basics of pasture production.
  • You will learn how to select plants for your individual pasture situation.
  • You will learn about pasture management practices.
  • You will learn about various facilities and how they are used in pasture situations.
  • You will learn effective grazing management methods.
  • You will learn about the economics of grazing livestock and how that affects your profitability.