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Grazing Sticks Showcased at Grazing Group Event

posted Sep 21, 2012, 1:55 PM by Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition

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The Clark-Comanche-Meade Counties regional grazing group held a half-day session on September 18 southeast of Ashland.  The day included clipping and estimating forage production on grazed CRP.  A group of 32 listened to Dwayne Rice, NRCS grazing lands specialist, Lincoln, KS, as he provided instruction on how to take what you might learn from actual forage clippings and then use a simple tool - the KGLC mid-shortgrass grazing stick - to estimate pounds of forage available.  This was discussed in detail and people actually used the stick to arrive at estimates on several areas of the tract that had been grazed recently.  Locally, Adam Elliott, Clark County NRCS district conservationist, and Bill Barby, Protection-area rancher and KGLC Board member, provided the logistics for the event.