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County of Wetaskiwin hosts grazing management workshop

Registration deadline closes March 2

An upcoming Grazing for Tomorrow grazing practices workshop is aiming at increasing education and creating positive outcomes.

Kim Barkwell, County of Wetaskiwin sustainable resource program co-ordinator, says the workshop’s presentation will be made by Devin Knopp, forage and livestock specialist with Grey Wooded Forage Association.

The afternoon workshop — held March 6 at the Winfield agriplex from 1 to 3 p.m. — centers on effective grazing practices and associated operations.

“It leads to a lot of benefits to your pasture,” said Barkwell, referring to topics such as pasture productivity and environmental impacts.

Other practices relating to effective grazing practices include off-site watering, rotational grazing, and riparian area sensitivity.

The workshop is presented in partnership by Grey Wooded Forage Association and the Wetaskiwin/Leduc Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program.

Barkwell says last summer a tour was planned to visit an ALUS project site but had to be canceled due to lack of participation. She says there is hope this workshop will help renew interest in another tour set for July 2018.

Registration is free but March 2 is the deadline to enter. To register, or for more information, Barkwell can be contacted at 780-387-6182 or at kbarkwell@county.wetaskiwin.ab.ca.

amelia.naismith@pipestoneflyer.ca