Resilience for Land & Livestock

Reader Contribution by Melanie Kirby
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Grazing Conference – Resilience for Land & Livestock– May 27-28, 2019

Resilience for Land and Livestock is a livestock grazing conference scheduled for March 27-28, 2019 at the Pendleton Convention Center in Pendleton, Oregon. It features two nationally known speakers, Temple Grandin and Gabe Brown.

Gabe Brown, a leader in soil health and grazing management, is the keynote speaker on Thursday, March 27th. Brown grows cover and companion crops, which are grazed by his livestock. He practices no-till farming with a diverse cropping strategy and relies on natural fertilizer on his North Dakota farm. Brown’s management has improved his farm’s soil health, increased production and profit and made for a better quality of life for his family.

A panel will discuss individual experiences on grazing cover crops in the Pacific Northwest. The Panel members include Stephen Machado, Doug Poole, Dan Cavadini, Leslie Michel and Drew Leitch.

Chad Krueger, Director of Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources, will speak on regenerative agriculture.

Dr. Temple Grandin, the keynote speaker on Thursday, March 28th, is a designer of livestock handling facilities and promoter of low stress livestock handling. She is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and has designed facilities that are being used for livestock operations around the world. Grandin is widely known for her writings on the animal’s flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior that help people reduce stress when handling their livestock. Grandin’s life story was the subject of a popular HBO movie.

A live demonstration on low stress livestock handling will be conducted by Chris Schachtschneider, OSU Extension Livestock and Rangeland Specialist. Dr. Grandin will provide comments on the principles involved in the demonstration.

Roots of Resilience (ROR) is coordinating the conference. ROR is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing grasslands.

Pre-registration is necessary. Early registration, by February 15, is $299 for two days and covers the cost of lunch and refreshments both days. Additional attendees from the same family, ranch or organization can register for $199, each. High school and college students can also register for $199, each.

Those staying overnight in Pendleton can take advantage of the special rate offered by Oxford Suites. The Pendleton Oxford Suites is within walking distance of the Convention Center. To contact Oxford Suites call (541) 276-6000.

For more information and to register for the conference go to ROR’s website or call (509) 629-1671.

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