On October 16th, Kentucky State University (KYSU) Research and Demonstration Farm in Frankfort, Kentucky offered a Holistic Management® Grazing Planning course taught by Holistic Management Certified Educator Joshua Dukart, Ken Andries of KYSU contracted with HMI to deliver this programming as part of KYSU’s “Third Thursday Thing” series. This event drew 68 participants who learned about Holistic Planned Grazing. In addition KYSU shared some of the grazing trials they are experimenting with at the Demonstration Farm. Several participants mentioned they hope that a longer program is offered at a later date to allow more intensive training in this subject.
The day focused predominantly on grazing principles, although participants were given the HMI Grazing Planning Manual and both paper and electronic grazing planning forms to help them in their grazing planning. Joshua shared his experience with these grazing principles and there was opportunity for others in the group to share their experiences and knowledge to further the networking portion of this event.
Evaluations from the day showed the following knowledge and confidence change:
|Question||% of Participants|
|The value of grazing planning||100%|
|How to assess quantity of forage in a pasture||85%|
|How to improve land health with livestock||85%|
|How to determine the number of animals your pasture can support||100%|
|How to determine the number of paddocks||100%|
|How to determine grazing periods||92%|
|Calculating the number of paddocks for your system||85%|
|Determining how long animals will stay in each paddock (residency rates/grazing periods)||85%|
|Assessing recovery periods||77%|
|Ability as a grazier||69%|
What the Participants Had to Say
Have been putting together plans for pasture renovation, attending workshops, meetings with County Extension etc. This course has been excellent to help put it all together. Thank you for a great course!
I have a better understanding of overgrazing and rest periods.
I know how to assess available forage now.
I now know how to plan my kidding season to correspond with optimal grazing times. (seasonal grazing)