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Single Day Westside Pasture Calendar Training Agenda 2017

November 14-17 in Oregon; December 5-8 in Washington

The Pasture Calendar is a publication which charts forage growth west of the Cascade Mountains through the year and describes management practices that can influence forage quality and quantity.

Training meetings will have complimentary morning refreshments and lunch served.


7:45 Register attendees

8:05 Introduction of project team and local hosts

8:10 Overview of Westside Pastures: “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” – Susan Kerr

  • Overview of current Westside pasture and livestock management; economic impacts and marketing

8:20 Getting started on the Calendar: overview – Steve Fransen

  • Why the Calendar important to you?

8:50 Pasture Calendar details 1- Scott Robbins

  • Overview of Westside grass and legume growth; western OR and WA MLRA Forage Management Zones; and of each Pasture Calendar Period

10:00 Break

10:15 Pasture Calendar details 2 – Marty Chaney

  • Working with the Pasture Calendar by Calendar Period and Forage Management Zone: environmental conditions, what plants should be doing, management practices to adopt or avoid, appendix tables

11:15 Westside pasture grasses and legumes - Steve Fransen

  • What are Westside grasses and legumes telling us about where they grow and how they’re treated? Review of common westside pasture grasses and legumes and best resources for plant identification. Species as indicators of field conditions and types of management.

12:00 Onsite lunch; Q and A during this working lunch; start review of greenhouse grown forage species recommended or found in many westside pastures – Susan Kerr

12:30 View greenhouse grown adapted pasture grasses and legumes – Steve Fransen

  • Special monitoring of seedling roots / top growth comparisons

12:45 Westside soils and fertility – Marty Chaney

  • Understanding and managing soils to keep them healthy and productive, and how to find out more information about the soils on a farm.

1:35 Westside grazing management and animal performance – Gene Pirelli

  • Grazing pressure, stocking rates, grazing management to avoid overgrazing, adverse pasture conditions for grazers, economics of using the Calendar for westside grazers.

2:50 Energy break (great time to finish reviewing forage plants)

3:10 Real-life westside pasture ‘situations’ and ‘challenges’ – Gary Fredricks

  • How to use the Calendar to solve them. Small group solution development followed by report to full group.

4:15 Final evaluations, wrap up and feedback - Shannon Neibergs

4:55 Safe travel home after a fun and educational day.

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