Southwest Pennsylvania Project Grass is hosting a grazing conference in Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 11 and 12, 2012. The first day of the event will be held at the Kovalchick Complex and will feature speakers that will share their expertise on a variety of subjects relating to grazing. The second day of the event includes a combination of demonstrations held at the Indiana Fair Grounds and tours of local grazing operations and other agricultural interests.
- Speakers for day one of this conference are Temple Grandin (Keynote Speaker), Dr. Ben Bartlett (World-Wide Grazing), Jon Hopkins (Diversifying the Grazing Operation), Susan Duckett (Grass Finishing, Meat Palatability), Dr. Robert Van Suan (Parasite Control in Livestock), Lee Rinehart (Transitioning to Organic Farming), Peter Burns (Integrating Poultry in Grazing Operations), Dr. William Wise (Pasture Management for Horses), and Tammy Colt (Wildlife and Grazing).
- The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor at Colorado State University who has worked extensively with animal handling and livestock equipment design. On top of her extensive work with livestock, Grandin has also published many books and articles. Temple’s achievements are remarkable because she was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of two and she has become very successful while dealing with autism.
- Day two of the conference offers a more interactive experience for those in attendance. There will be three demonstrations at the Indiana Fairgrounds. Dr. Ben Bartlett will present a demonstration on cattle handling. Henry Kuykendall will give a presentation on using working dogs to handle livestock. Kevin Ogles of the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service will explore how grazing methods affect soil moisture content by using a rainfall simulator.