“Our concerns is always the environmental concern here,” Weaver said in explaining the benefits he hopes will flow from the workshops.
“When we improve grazing, we improve environmental issues, such as reduction of nutrient runoff to our streams and waterways,” he said. “That’s our big push as to why we think grazing is positive.”
“Why do we think its good for farmers?” he added. “We think we can save them some money, and they can still be doing something that’s good environmentally, even if they don’t know it.”
The experts plan to discuss the benefits that result from using a daily grazing chart tool that allows farmers to precisely track where their herds and flocks have been munching grass. The tool is designed to enable farmers to assess the successes and failures of each grazing season and help them achieve better results and perhaps higher profits in subsequent years.
“It’s all about increasing efficiencies,” Fickbohm said, noting farmers often struggle to keep their operations solvent in the face of market forces beyond their control.