Star­land County hosts graz­ing school

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Spots ar e fill­ing up f ast for the 14t h an­nual South­ern Al­berta Graz­ing School for Women held by Star­land County.

After ten years of be­ing on the South­ern Al­berta Gra zing S chool f or women c om­mit­tee, Star­land Coun ty is a ble t o ho st t he e vent f or an­other year, run­ning from July 25 to 26.

“It ro­tates through­out south­ern Al­berta,” said Dara K udras, A ssis­tant Ag ri­cul­ture F ield­man of S tar­land County.

Star­land has hosted twice be­fore with both suc­cess­ful at­ten­dance rates.

“It usu­ally alw ays s ells out ,” said Ku­dras. “We t ake 45 r egis­trants and t hen 5 indu stry peo­ple.”

On t he first da y, t he s chool fo­cuses on range and r ipar­ian health, we eds, g raz­ing pr in­ci­ples and wa­ter sys­tems for cat­tle and pas­tures as well as plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. “We do a plan t ID qui z out in the field as well,” said Ku­dras.

To fin­ish up the day, the Last Chance Saloon out in Wayne hosts a sup­per for the large group.

For t he s econd and fi­nal da y, t he mor ning con­sists of class­room style learn­ing of ri­par­ian health as­sess­ments and the role of beavers and other im­por­tant contributors to the ecosys­tem.

Ranch­ing women w ill al so b e c om­ing in t o speak a bout t heir ow n op er­a­tions like Je sse Williams from Spe­cial Ar­eas.

Tamara Q uash­nick f rom t he V al­ley V eteri- nary Clinic out of H anna will give a speech on post-calv­ing care. “She is a re­ally good speaker,” said Ku­dras.

In ad­di­tion to the morn­ing classes, a t alk on ver­i­fied beef and so­cial li­cense will be pre­sented from a Cana­dian Beef round ta­ble mem­ber.

After that, ev­ery­one hops onto a we ll-main­tained bus for a field trip up to Prim­rose Farms lo­cated s outh of Big V al­ley. A t our of t he r obotic dair y and mi xed f arm op er­a­tion w ill b e the high­light of the trip.

“Cre­mona Prim­rose is one of our ranch­ing women s o she is go­ing to talk a minute about her story,” said K udras. “She’ s got pigs and c hick­ens and all k inds of things.”

Af ter vis­it­ing Prim r ose’s, the g roup w ill tra vel t o C alvin Raessler’s ‘ Top Grass Beef’ farm where the range he alth a ssess­ment and plan t iden tifi­ca­tion quiz will take place.

“I t’s just a r eally nice set­ting, it’s r ight b elow t he H and Hill s and I t hink it ’s a lit tle bit dif­fer­ent for the peo­ple that come from down south,” said Ku­dras. Ku­dras is be­yond ex­cited to shar e her love of t he land through ed­u­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ences.

“It’s go­ing to be a jam packed two days – I’m just ex­cited to showc ase St ar­land County and show what we have to of­fer.” Event Link for on­line: https:// www. eventbrite. com/ e/ 14th- an­nu­al­south­ern-al­berta-graz­ing- school-for- wo­m­entick­ets-31725259104?aff=es2

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