UNION CENTER, S.D. – Livestock enthusiasts keen on diving deep into rangeland management and wildlife conservation have a unique opportunity coming up. The Diversified Grazing Field Day is all set for Sept. 6 at the Basel ranch near Union Center situated in the western regions of South Dakota.
Hosted by the South Dakota State University Extension, the field day will begin at 10 a.m. MT and wrap up around 2 p.m. Lunch will be served. There is no participation fee.
Diversified grazing, for the uninitiated, refers to the rotation of multiple livestock species on pastures. Jaelyn Whaley, an authority from SDSU on the subject, points out that this method ensures enhanced plant and wildlife diversity. The ultimate goal is to pave the way for lasting rangeland health and productivity.
The Basel ranch exemplifies a balanced approach to livestock management. Expertly handling various animals, they ensure practices benefit both the animals and the land. Adjusting grazing patterns based on ecological indicators, they also support local wildlife.
As Whaley puts it succinctly, it’s all about harmony. While the immediate needs of the livestock are paramount, it’s equally crucial to preserve the land for the days to come.
The field day offers a tour of the Basel ranch, with insights from SDSU Extension Range Specialist Krista Ehlert and Natural Resources Conservation Service experts. South Dakota Public Broadcasting will also be present, capturing moments on the state’s sheep industry.
To register, go one line to extension.sdstate.edu/events and search for “grazing”