CLARION – How to evaluate and improve the soil, forage and animal components of grazing operations to make a positive economic impact will be the subject of the 17th annual Northwest Pennsylvania Grazing Conference. The workshop will be held March 13 at the Zion Church located three miles south of Interstate 80, exit 62, near Clarion.
This year’s conference will feature Gearld Fry and Jerry Brunetti. Fry of Bovine Engineering and Consulting will cover how to maximize the returns from your grazing operation and breed for efficient, high performance cows. Brunetti, the founder of Agri-Dynamics Inc., will discuss pasture system health including, soil mineral fertility and plant biodiversity.
Jeff McCutcheon of the Ohio State Extension will talk about extending both ends of the grazing season and improving grazing management. Russell Wilson, a local grazier from Forest County, will explain how he evaluates and employs cover crops in standing corn in his winter forage ration. Other presentations will highlight stocker cattle management and marketing.
A full house is expected so early registration is encouraged. The cost is $30 per person and includes a hot buffet lunch. Mail the registration and fee payable to Headwaters RC&D Council, Attn: Brittany Dittemore, 109 N. Brady St, Second Floor, DuBois, PA 15801. Conference information can be downloaded from the Headwaters RC&D Web site at www.headwaterspa.org, or by calling 814-503-8653.