“Our concern 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 water ways,” he said. “That’s our big push as to why we think grazing is positive.”
“Why do we think it’s 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, which allows farmers to keep track of precisely where on their acreage 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 greater profit in subsequent years.
“It’s all about increasing efficiencies,” said Fickbohm, noting farmers often struggle to keep their operations solvent at a time when the cost of supplies is rising and market prices are dictated by forces beyond their control.