Past Workshops

Pasture Management for Dairy Grazing - November 2016

Join us for an in depth conversation about measuring pasture for the needs of a dairy cows and utilizing measurement data for pasture allocation and harvest decisions. This event is open to people managing dairy animals with an interest to learn, discuss and exchange ideas about pasture measurement, pasture allocation and harvest decisions. Along with how to incorporate fall, winter and summer annuals into a grazing operation.  

Beginning Grazing School at Three Locations - September 2016

Michigan State University Extension will again offer its very popular Grazing School for livestock, small ruminant and dairy producers at three locations simultaneously across Michigan The two-day school will be offered at:The school is offered to help farmers improve their grazing management knowledge and skill set.

Beginning Grazing School at Three Locations - September 2015

Michigan State University Extension offered  a beginning grazing school for dairy, livestock and small ruminant producers at three locations in Michigan simultaneously via high speed video conferencing in September. There will be a team of experts at each location that will broadcast their expertise to the different sites through a new technology that allows for interactive chat from participants with those experts. This new technology allows for additional expertise to be shared and expanded networking of producers through various online and face-to-face discussions.

 The two-day school was offered at the following locations:

  1. The MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Farm Meeting Room in Hickory Corners, Mich.,
  2. The MSU Lake City Research Center in Lake City, Mich.,
  3. The MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Mich.

Extending the Grazing - November 2014

The Michigan Biological Station, Kellogg Farm is hosting a field day, Friday, November 7, 2014 from . Farmers, consultants, and educators will exchange ideas and experiences and discuss efficient planning and management strategies.

MSU Grazing School - September 2014

Michigan State University Extension will offer a grazing school for dairy, livestock and
small ruminant producers at the Kellogg Farm on September 9th and 10th. The two-day school
will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. the following day. With the high price of grains
like corn and soybeans more farms are utilizing pasture forage crops to provide a larger portion
of dairy and meat animal diets.

Extending the Grazing Season with Forage Crops Field Day - October 2013

This field day inform about recent Michigan State University research on the agronomic value of different forage crops, varying approaches to extending the grazing season, and discussed opportunities for grazing cover crops.

Tools for Efficient Pasture Productivity on Dairy Farms - July 2013

Blending classroom and field instruction, this workshop covered approaches to forage measurements, budgeting and management for dairy and livestock farmers, helping them to ensure a season-long supply of pasture-based forages even in dry years.

The Automatic Milking Systems on Grazing Farms -  June 2013

The workshop focused on increasing grazeable feed on grazing farms and grazing behavior with an Automatic Milking System.  A keynote presentation by Dr. Cameron Clark, Senior Scientist with the University of Sydney and the FutureDairy Project, Australia on Feed-Base Planning in Pasture-Based AMS Farms.  Along with Dr. Nicolas Lyons, Junior Scientist with the University of Sydney and the FutureDairy Project, Australia (“Cow-Traffic in Pasture-Based AMS Farms”) started the program.  Dr. Santiago Utsumi, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, Michigan State University, shared recent findings on achievable targets for milk production, and forage utilization on grazing farmlets, at the Kellogg Biological Station Farm and Pasture Dairy.  The program included  tour of the KBS Pasture Dairy Center.  

Pasture Dairy Field Day - October 2012

This field day focused on grazing management strategies to increase forage production and utilization in pasture-based livestock systems, with a focus on research at the KBS Pasture Dairy Center. The main goal of the grazing plan at KBS is to increase forage utilization and milk production per cow and per acre beyond the typical limits of pasture-based systems in the region.

Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities for Pasture-Based Dairy Management - August 2012

The workshop focused on the benefits of pasture-based dairy systems and the challenges faced by farmers using these systems in Michigan and the Upper Midwest. A keynote presentation by Laura Paine, Grazing and Organic Agriculture Specialist, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (Why Graze?) and research presentation by Dr. Diana Stuart of Michigan State University & Dr. Becky Schewe of Mississippi State University (Benefits, Challenges, and Solutions for Pasture-based Dairy Management) kicked off the program. The program included focus group discussions on issues important to pasture-based dairy farmers and a panel discussion with experts in the management of pasture-based dairy systems.

Grassland Birds Pasture Walk - August 2012

This walk focused on the impacts of grazing management on grassland bird populations and presented preliminary results from a 2012 bird census at the KBS Dairy and surrounding Grasslands. The walk was led by Lindsay Hunt (MSU Fisheries & Wildlife Graduate Student) and Kara Haas (KBS Bird Sanctuary). 

Design and Construction of LEED-Certified Dairy and Livestock Facilities - July 2012

The Kellogg Farm Pasture Dairy Barn was the first livestock facility in the nation to receive silver level Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED certification process encourages practices which promote energy conservation, water use efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and natural resources stewardship during the design, construction and occupancy of buildings.

While LEED certification is more common for buildings in urban areas (schools, office buildings, museums and apartments), the principles can be applied to the design and construction of any type of building, including dairy and livestock facilities. Workshop participants learned which aspects of LEED certification are most applicable to livestock facilities and toured the KBS dairy barn to see how LEED principles were applied to this facility.

Benefits, Obstacles and Solutions for Robotic Milking Technology – March 2012

The workshop featured a presentation by Dr. Diana Stuart (Michigan State University Dept. of Sociology) and Dr. Becky Schewe (Mississippi State University Dept. of Sociology) on the benefits and obstacles farmers face during a transition to robotic milking technology. Industry and producer panels followed the opening presentation. The industry panel included representatives from companies currently selling robotic milking equipment in Michigan. The producer panel included dairy farmers from Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan who successfully transitioned to robotic milking. An optional tour of the KBS dairy followed the workshop.