‘Hall-of-Famer’ to lead grazing class on Oct. 18

OWENSVILLE, Ohio (Oct. 3, 2017) — The Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and OSU Extension are partnering to bring noted grazing specialist Bob Hendershot to host a pasture class on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hatfield Farm, 1275 Caldwell Road, Bethel.

Hendershot, retired NRCS grazing specialist and member of the Ohio State Conservationist Hall of Fame, will discuss growing and managing summer annuals and cover crops for forage, hay testing, new perennial forage varieties, interseeding forages for improved performance, and temporary fencing materials for rotational grazing efficiency. OSU Extension and NRCS personnel will review soil testing and funding programs available for improving pasture operations.

Food and drink will be provided by the Clermont County Farm Bureau.  There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Please call the Clermont SWCD office at 513.732.7075 x2 to register.

A follow-up event will be on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Greenacres Foundation in eastern Hamilton County. This will feature exciting new research showing effects of grassland management on meat quality, viewing Temple Grandin’s designed cattle handling facility, and learning more about multi-species grazing. Information for this event is still being finalized.