Lost Rivers Grazing Academy: Putting Information into the Hands of Graziers
Forage production of irrigated pastures is frequently less than 50% of potential due to poor production and poor harvesting efficiency. Pasture managers are often complacent in regards to production issues and fail to understand how improved management can lead to increased forage and animal production.
University of Idaho Extension Educators and specialists developed a hands-on grazing school to help livestock managers learn improve grazing management on their pastures. The Lost Rivers Grazing Academy is held annually in September at Eagle Valley Ranch near Salmon, Idaho. This intensive 4-day workshop draws livestock producers from around the west, as well as from other countries, who want to increase their forage productivity, harvesting efficiency, animal performance, and in turn their income, simply by learning to better manage their existing pastures.
Participants in these workshops have come away with a better understanding of the principles involved in forage management and have put what they learned into practice on their livestock operations. This growing network of operators is developing, adopting and implementing more economically efficient and environmentally acceptable methods for harvesting and utilizing forages.
Output & Outcomes:
In 2014, the LRGA was held in June in Mt. Pleasant, Utah and in September in Salmon, Idaho for a total of 35 attendees from Idaho, Utah, Montana, Washington, and North Dakota.
Rangeland Center Members involved:
- Scott Jensen - Owyhee County Extension (contact Scott for more information)
- Glenn Shewmaker - Kimberly Research and Extension Center
- Shannon Williams - Lemhi County Extension
Additional University of Idaho faculty:
- Chad Cheyney, Butte County Extension
Partners & Sponsors:
- Eagle Valley Ranch, Salmon, Idaho
- American GrazingLands Services LLC, Jim Gerrish