Grazing school in Overton helps students gain experience

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POSTED: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 6:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 7:33pm

Texas A&M in Overton begins it's fourteenth annual Grazing School program, in March. The workshop formed in response to the growing ranching and farming population, and attracts students from all over the nation.

KETK spoke with Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, an AgriLife Extension forage specialist, who said, "It's a program that we cater toward novice producers that need more information, starting all the way from soil, soil fertility, grass species, on into cattle handling and different cattle breeds". They accept 50 students who get hands on training for two and a half days. Corriher-Olson said, "They get to actually see a field of Bermuda grass, see cattle grazing, they get to see traps that are built to trap hogs".

The goal of the program is to provide as much information as possible in order to help ranchers and producers improve their practices. Dr. Monte Rouquette, an AgriLife Research Scientist, said, "The things we have to offer are in those comparative pieces of information on soil, plant, animal, that allows then the user, to make that strategy". Many of these students come back year after year, one who said, "There's always a little pearl of wisdom". So whether students come to learn about the production of high quality hay or need advice on cattle production, the grazing school covers it all with experienced professionals.

For more information on signing up for the program, visit: http://overton.tamu.edu/grazing-school-2014/ .

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