Starland County hosts grazing school
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