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PF QF Announce Summer Workshops

posted May 22, 2014, 12:37 PM by Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition   [ updated May 22, 2014, 12:38 PM ]

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever employees and chapters are pleased to announce their summer slate of upland habitat tours and workshops.  Currently there are 15 workshops or tours planned around the state.  These events will be hosted by Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists with the assistance of local area partners and statewide partners—Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.   


 With events scheduled from May-July, there will be plenty of time for readers to pick sessions they would like to attend and, though all will relate to how habitat can be managed to benefit gamebirds and why it is neccessary, there will be topics tailored to a wide range of conservation and landowner interests.  With sessions covering topics ranging from “Landscaping for Pollinators” (geared toward backyard conservationists and youth educators) to a cover crop tour and roundtable discussion with Kansas farmers, we’re sure that everyone can find a worthwhile workshop or series to attend.  All the workshops are free and open to public, but some will require an RSVP because of space limitations or dinners being provided.  Most of them will be half a day or shorter to accommodate our attendees’ busy summer schedules.  Be on the lookout for more details locally, or for more information, check our website (www.kansaspfqf.com) or contact Senior Farm Bill Biologist, Zac Eddy, at (620) 338-7132 or zeddy@pheasantsforever.org. Be sure to inform Zac or the local hosts if you need any accommodations.


Range Schools Cover Adaptive Management, Profitability

posted May 21, 2014, 1:34 PM by Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition   [ updated May 21, 2014, 1:37 PM ]

Adapting Your Management to a Changing Climate is the theme for the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition (KGLC) summer range schools,” said Tim Christian, state coordinator for the group.  “The Mid-/Shortgrass Range School runs from August 5-7 at Camp Lakeside, Lake Scott, and the Tallgrass Range School is set for August 19-21 at Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale.”


The climate in Kansas continues to change - the uncertain weather, uncertain markets and diminishing wildlife species and their habitat needs are among the tough challenges facing ranchers today.  This situation calls for action - rethinking your management options and strategies, said Christian.  The intent of the schools is to help inform decision-makers and provide them with sound grazing principles that they can take home and employ on their operations.  Our cadre of instructors includes ranchers, agency, university and organizational staffs who provide hands-on instruction in the field as well as classroom presentation. 


The 2014 registration fees are still a bargain at $300 per person. The fee covers course materials, on-site lodging and meals, and other related costs.  Ranchers, landowners, and students may qualify for a $150 scholarship if they meet eligibility and request one using KGLC’s scholarship form.  Agency staffs may qualify for $100 in scholarships.  The form and more information on the Schools is available at www.kglc.org under 2014 Range Schools found in the navigation bar.  Scholarship applications must be submitted by July 22 for the Mid-/Shortgrass School and August 5 for the Tallgrass School.  


KGLC organized in 1991 as a non-profit educational organization and its vision is to regenerate Kansas grazing lands.  This is achieved through the management, economics, ecology, production, and technical assistance programs provided by voluntary methods to reach landowners, ranchers, and others making decisions on grazing lands. 


For more information on the 2014 KGLC Range Schools, contact Tim Christian, state coordinator, at 620-241-3636, email to tdchristian@cox.net, or Ken Sherraden assistant coordinator, 785-922-7061, email to kennethsherraden@sbcglobal.net.  You may also go to the web at www.kglc.org.


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Prescribed Fire Season is Here! Watch a Great Video...

posted Mar 24, 2014, 10:51 AM by Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition   [ updated Mar 24, 2014, 10:52 AM ]

Brian Alexander, Alexander Ranch, Sun City, KS, put together a short video from a prescribed burn completed on March 19.   Brian served as the first chairman of the Board of Directors for the Kansas Prescribed Fire Council in 2008.  Nice job!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBy1efUK0r4&feature=youtu.be

Proceedings from 2nd America’s Grasslands Conference Released

posted Mar 24, 2014, 9:06 AM by Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition

From the National Wildlife Federation - America’s iconic prairies continue to be one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world, but key opportunities exist to protect and restore them, particularly through partnerships between ranchers, conservationists, and researchers, according to the Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Conference on the Conservation of America’s Grasslands, released today by the National Wildlife Federation and Kansas State University.

 

America’s Grasslands Conference: The Future of Grasslands in a Changing Landscape was held in Manhattan, KS from August 12-14, 2013. To work together to conserve American grasslands and the wildlife that depend on them, the conference brought together around 225 biologists, policy experts, ranchers, federal and state agency staff, graduate students and conservationists.

 

The two-day conference included more than 80 speakers and poster presentations. The conference proceedings provide open access to a high quality source of information on 13 topics related to grassland conservation, including grazing and grasslands, grasslands and wildlife, landscape planning and management for grassland conservation, energy development, and federal policy.

 

"The future of grasslands is truly at stake," said John Briggs, director of the Konza Prairie Biological Station, professor at Kansas State University and co-chair of the conference. "However, we have a unique opportunity to work with ranchers to conserve grasslands and to use scientific principles to better manage our existing grasslands."

 

One of the highlights of the conference was the emphasis on finding innovating ways to create economic and working land opportunities for grasslands and livestock producers. Conference presenters pointed to market drivers, carbon offsets, contract grazing, and federal policy tools as potential ways to help create economic incentives to keep grasslands in grazing.

 

"Grasslands provide habitat for wildlife, sequester carbon from the atmosphere, provide clean water benefits and help conserve healthy soil," said Aviva Glaser, agriculture policy specialist at the National Wildlife Federation and co-chair of the event. "We must continue to create economic incentives to help landowners to protect and restore our remaining grasslands"

 

Conference proceedings can be read here.

Find out more about America’s Grasslands Conference at  http://www.nwf.org/grasslandsconference.

Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop rescheduled for April 12 in Salina, Low Stress Ranch Tour set for May 3 at Olsburg

posted Mar 6, 2014, 10:43 AM by Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition

NEWS RELEASE
March 5, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Mary Howell
(785) 562-8726
kfu.mary@gmail.com
Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop rescheduled for April 12 in Salina, Low Stress Ranch Tour set for May 3 at Olsburg

McPHERSON, KS - The Salina workshop and Olsburg Ranch tour complete the grand finale of the Amazing Grazing Series of Educational Events. The rescheduled workshop will be offered April 12, 2014 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 1616 W. Crawford St. in Salina, KS. On May 3, two Olsburg ranches will highlight working facilities that utilize low stress methods to quietly and effectively process cattle, sheep, and goats. 

 

People's interaction with livestock can have either a negative or positive impact on animal health, performance, and subsequent handling ease. Cattlexpressions Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop will explain how to reduce stress on animals and their handlers during several critical points: cow-calf, back-grounding, stocker and feedlot operations.

 

Dr. Lynn Locatelli of Cattlexpressions is a student of renowned animal handling expert Bud Williams. Dr Locatelli began her veterinary career in Benkelman, Nebraska after graduating from UC Davis, and has 19 years of experience in both large animal veterinary practice and consultation. She educates many by private consultation and as a national and international speaker at veterinary seminars and cattleman's conferences. She resides in Watrous, New Mexico.

 

Registration begins at 8:30 with a welcome at 9:00 AM, followed by "Understanding Cattle Behavior in Order to Modify Our Behavior and Effectively Communicate with Cattle," then "Bud Williams Low Stress Cattle Handling Concepts and Techniques for Cattle Movement."

"Managing Cattle Movement During Grazing" takes the group into lunch, which is followed by "Cow-Calf Production Event Management and Calf-Formative Behavior," "Weaning, Acclimation and Transition Management, "Processing and Shipping Facilities Design, Trouble Shooting and Effective Use," and Wrap-Up, Questions, and Evaluations at 4:00 PM.

 

Everyone has a little different opinion about what low stress animal handling means. Plan to attend this Low Stress Cattle Handling session to learn cattle handling techniques that will improve cattle health, well being, performance, handler safety, and profitability in your operation. Registration for the day is $25.00 and can be done by going to www.kansasgraziers.blogspot.com, or by downloading a registration form and mailing it to the address given. For questions, or for folks with no email to register, please call Mary Howell at 785-562-8726.

 

Two Olsburg ranches will highlight working facilities, on May 3, that utilize low stress methods to quietly and effectively process cattle, sheep, and goats.  The tour highlighting low stress handling will begin with registration at 9:30 A.M. at the Edwards Ranch, 15225 Dry Creek Road, Olsburg. The working facility designed by Bill, that he can operate alone, will be demonstrated starting at 10:00.

 

A catered, noon picnic lunch will be served at the Joseph Hubbard Barn, 5025 Highway 16, Olsburg.  Joseph raises sheep and goats and has designed and will demonstrate the facility using Bud Williams philosophies for low stress, small animal handling. 

 

Alan Hubbard is one of the first ranchers in Northeast Kansas to adopt Rotational Grazing (MiG, Management-intensive Grazing). Alan will present his lessons learned with cattle handling and grazing management.  The tour will then resume to the low stress facilities designed to work in sync with livestock psychology and behavior to minimize stress and improve safety to both the animals and the rancher. The tour should conclude by 4:00 p.m.

 

Information is located at www.kansasgraziers.blogspot.com. Registration is $15.00, which includes lunch. Please register online or download a mail-in registration form. For questions, or for folks with no email to register, call Mary Howell at 785-562-8726.

 

This tour is the last "Amazing Grazing" Event sponsored with funding from North Central Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Partners include Kansas Farmers Union, Kansas SARE, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, Kansas Graziers, Kansas NRCS, and Kansas Grazing Land Coalition.

 

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If you would like more information about the workshop or tour, please call Mary Howell at 785-562-8726 or email Mary at kfu.mary@gmail.com

Download this news release as a Word document here

KDHE Encourages Flint Hills Ranchers and Land Managers to check out the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, smoke modeling tool and the April burn restrictions associated with the plan

posted Feb 7, 2014, 5:16 AM by Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition

Flint Hills Smoke Management

Mid-March through the end of April is the time of the year when large areas of Kansas’ Flint Hills rangeland are burned. These burns are conducted to provide better forage for cattle, and to help control invasive species such as Eastern Red Cedar and Sumac. Well planned and managed periodic burns can minimize fire safety danger and are an inexpensive tool for managing rangeland.

Drought, for the last two burn seasons, has limited the number of acres in the Flint Hills that have been burned. With the return of moisture last summer and fall, there will be the opportunity for extensive burning in the Flint Hills this spring. For burns to be conducted safely and effectively, weather and rangeland conditions must be right. In years when these conditions are right, many landowners conduct burns at the same time. If these burns take place when meteorological conditions do not disperse the smoke, air pollutants from the burns can affect persons in the Flint Hills and can be carried long distances to more populated areas.

As a result of the development of the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, KDHE and Kansas State University created an informational website to inform ranchers and land managers on smoke impacts. This website also includes a modeling tool that those conducting burns may use to gain a better understanding of the impacts their smoke may have on populated areas of the state. For more information about the burning in the Flint Hills, the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, smoke modeling tool and the April burn restrictions associated with the plan, please visit the following web site for more information: http://www.ksfire.org

TNC Seeks Ranch Rangeland Specialist, Feb. 21 Cut-off

posted Feb 5, 2014, 11:47 AM by Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition

The Kansas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, a partner with KGLC, is advertising for a Ranch Rangeland Specialist located at their Smoky Valley Ranch, Logan County, Kansas.  Application deadline is February 21, 2014.  See the PDF below for more detailed information.  Please share this link with anyone who might be interested.

Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop, with Dr. Lynn Locatelli, DVM POSTPONED

posted Feb 4, 2014, 3:27 PM by Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition

NEWS RELEASE
February 4, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Mary Howell
(785) 562-8726
kfu.mary@gmail.com

MCPHERSON, KS-Due to poor current weather conditions and additional forecasted storms for later in the week, the Low-Stress Cattle Handling Workshop scheduled for Feb. 8 in Salina has been postponed.

 

Workshop organizer Mary Howell notes, "Kansas livestock producers are working diligently to keep their animals fed and cared for as a major winter storm shuts down the entire state and more hazardous weather is predicted for the weekend. We are working with Dr. Locatelli to reschedule the conference later this spring."

 

Howell went on to say, "We have great respect for the men and women in the livestock industry, we understand the needs of the animals come first, and we most importantly do not want to put anyone in harm's way during blizzard conditions. Watch for upcoming information as to the new date."

 

For more information, and to stay updated on future events, go to www.kansasgraziers.blogspot.com 


 

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Kansas Farmers Union is a general farm organization working to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers since 1907.

 

 

KGA &KFU To Host Low-Stress Livestock Handling Workshop

posted Jan 28, 2014, 12:35 PM by Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition


Low-Stress Livestock Handling Workshop

When
Saturday February 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST
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Where
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
1616 W. Crawford St.
Salina, KS 67401

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Lynn Locatelli, DVM
of Cattlexpressions
 
Dear Kansas Stockman,

This workshop, part of the Amazing Grazing Series of Educational Events, will be offered February 8, 2014 at Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 1616 W. Crawford St. in Salina, KS. 785-823-1791. 

 

People's interaction with livestock can have either a negative or positive impact on animal health, performance, and subsequent handling ease. Cattlexpressions Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop will explain how to reduce stress on animals and their handlers during several critical points: cow-calf, backgrounding, stocker and feedlot operations. 


Dr Lynn Locatelli of Cattlexpressions is a student of renowned animal handling expert Bud Williams. Dr Lynn began her veterinary career in Benkelman, Nebraska after graduating from UC Davis, and has 19 years of experience in both large animal veterinary practice and consultation. She educates many by private consultation and as a national and international speaker at veterinary seminars and cattleman's conferences. She resides in Watrous, New Mexico.

 

Click on the link below to register or learn more.
Get more information
I can't make it
PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US FOR THIS VERY INFORMATIVE WORKSHOP!
8:00 Registration
9:00 Welcome
9:05 Understanding Cattle Behavior in Order to Modify Our Behavior And Effectively Communicate with Cattle
10:00 Bud Williams Low Stress Cattle Handling Concepts and Techniques for Cattle Movement
11:00 Managing Cattle Movement During Grazing
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Cow-Calf Production Event Management and Calf-Formative Behavior
2:00 Weaning, Acclimation and Transition Management
3:00 Processing and Shipping Facilities Design, Trouble Shooting and Effective Use
4:00 Wrap-Up and Questions, Turn in Evaluations


Everyone has a little different opinion about what low stress animal handling means. Plan to attend this Low Stress Cattle Handling session to learn cattle handling techniques that will improve cattle health, well being, performance, handler safety and profitability in your operation.  

 

Registration for the day is $25.00.


Hoping to see you in Salina!.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mary Howell
Kansas Farmers Union & Kansas Graziers Association
785-562-8726

Grassland Educational Information Recently Completed at FHSU

posted Jan 21, 2014, 1:32 PM by Kenneth Sherraden

KGLC invites you to access the links below to find a great video, The Future of Grassland Birds on Working Lands, developed by Stasya Berber, student, Fort Hays State University (FHSU) and an informative study, Integrating Agriculture and Grassland Bird Management: A Land Management Guide, completed by Clint Helms, also a student at FHSU.

The link to view both is: https://sites.google.com/site/grazingforgrasslandbirds/

Clint’s land management guide is currently at the print shop, and hopefully printed copies will be available for the Kansas Natural Resources Conference (KNRC) at the end of this month.
The YouTube URL for the video is http://youtu.be/Btstfvqojwg.
Dr. Jordge LaFantasie, Assistant Professor, Rangeland Ecology, FSHU says, “ I have to hand it to Clint and Stasya. They really invested a lot of time, effort and talent into these wonderful educational tools.  I am completely overwhelmed by and impressed with what they have done, and I hope you are, too!  Thank you, all of you, for everything you did to help create these wonderful educational tools, especially KGLC, KWEC and Chickadee Checkoff for funding/support."  
KGLC was one of the financial sponsors for these projects. Both pieces have been linked to the KGLC website under the Kansas Prairie Primer > Nongame > Birds.  

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