Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hone your management skills at Tenn. Browsing Academy May 8-9

The sixth Tennessee Browsing Academy is being hosted by Tennessee State University in its quest to offer advanced in-formation on the enhancement of lands. This educational, hands-on two-day seminar will be held May 8-9 at the Middle Tennessee Research & Education Center in Spring Hill, Tenn.

The program is based on the successful California Browsing Academy that has been taught for the past 14 years as a partnership of Tennessee goat specialist An Peischel and Roger Ingram, Extension Livestock Specialist for Placer and Nevada counties out of Auburn, Calif.

Throughout the two days, attendees will be conducting vegetative site analysis, before and after photo monitoring, cutting fence lines, erecting portable solar powered fences, body condition scoring of goats, FAMACHA training, fecal analysis and spending time in the area with the goats monitoring plant species browsed and plant part selected. 

There will be a lot of hands-on, outside activities. Kiko/Spanish meat goats will be used that are presently enhancing land in Tennessee; the basis for contracting business discussions. 
NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) will be in attendance to discuss programs available to producers as they relate to goat production and vegetation utilization. The Tennessee Farmers Cooperative will discuss in detail their forage-master goat mineral (#96216) and sheep mineral (#96297). 

Registration is $150 (check written to: University of Tennessee), includes lunches, breaks, manuals, CDs, and DVDs. Please mail the check to: Tennessee State University, attn: An Peischel, Cooperative Extension, 3500 J.A. Merritt Blvd., Box 9635, Nashville TN 37209-1561. 

For more information, call 615-963-5539 (CDT) or e-mail An Peischel  at apeischel@tnstate.edu. 

The seminar is sponsored by Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Program, University of Tennessee Extension and Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  

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