Hi All,

There is still plenty of room at the grazing Program we are having at the Farm Show on March 23. I am extending the deadline for registration to this Friday March 19.  I strongly urge you to consider attending this program if you have any interest in grazing any type of livestock. We are going to have it no matter what, but I would really like to fill the place for our out of state speaker.


I am also going to offer this deal to anyone that has already registered, and to any one that registers between now and Friday.


If more than one person from your farm wants to attend, I will allow that person to attend for ONLY $10.00.  This price includes LUNCH and one set of materials per farm. So the first person pays $25, and others pay only $10.00. 


I am also going to paste information on this program below, the rest can be found on the website below.


Mid-Michigan Farm Show offers Grazing Program


March 23, 2010, MSU Extension, Farm Bureau, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resource Conservation Service will host a “Going GREEN with Grazing” workshop during the Mid-Michigan Farm Show.  Participants will hear directly from one of the nation’s experts in UHSD grazing, commonly referred to as “Mob Grazing.”


Doug Peterson, rancher and Missouri NRCS Grassland Conservationist, will be the featured speaker. He grew up on a crop and livestock farm near Newtown, Missouri.  Today he operates a cow/calf and contract grazing operation with his father running 450 cows while utilizing Management Intensive Grazing and High Density Grazing to improve soil health, eliminate most need for purchased fertilizer and limit hay needs to one bale per cow per winter. Doug has been an NRCS employee for over 22 years working in several counties across the state.  Currently he is a State Grassland Conservationist assisting producers in west and northwest Missouri.


What is “Mob Grazing”? Ultra High Stock Density (UHSD) or “Mob” grazing is based on some of the same principals as Management intensive Grazing (MiG).  Two important principles are to monitor plant growth and graze pasture only after allowing adequate recovery and monitor livestock condition and insure forage quality and quantity meets livestock requirements.


UHSD is a management strategy that, when compared to more common grazing systems, increases the length of rest period, shortens the grazing period, and greatly increases stock density. Some landowners around the country have used densities of one million pounds per acre.  Stock densities of up to 500,000 lbs per acre have been used effectively in Missouri already.


Is “Mob Grazing” for everyone?  Probably not, but it is recommended that every producer evaluate using higher stock densities.  UHSD cannot be used year around, but maybe a few months a year, on certain pastures, or with dry cows.


“All grazing styles and grazing systems have a place as long as they are monitored and managed correctly. I believe that UHSD has the potential to benefit more farm resources than any other type of grassland management.  Everyone should be knowledgeable enough about this type of resource management to be able to make decisions about what type of system will best suit their resources and objectives,” said Doug Peterson.


The program will also feature “Cow Size and Resource Management” by Dr. Jason Rowntree, Beef Specialist, Department of Animal Science, MSU; “How Mob Grazing Fits the NRCS Prescribed Grazing Standard” by Dr. Betsy Dierberger, Michigan NRCS State Grassland Conservationist; and “A Discussion on Cost Share Programs Available from NRCS” by James Iaquinta, NRCS District Conservationist. 


Program fees of $25 per person include materials, lunch, and travel expenses for speakers.  For more information and to register, please visit or call MSU Extension-Gladwin County at 989-426-7741.



Kable Thurlow

ANR Extension Educator

Michigan State University Extension

County Annex Building, Suite A

555 W. Cedar Avenue

Gladwin, MI 48624

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Clare     (989) 539-7805

Gladwin (989) 426-7741

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