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Grazing schools improve management efficiency of Wyoming rangelands

In Wyoming, rangelands compromise more than 80% of the land base, which means sustainable rangeland management is a key component of economic stability in many parts of the state. To help farmers improve their management practices, Extension educators began hosting grazing schools. 

The schools have provided hands-on experience to 50 farmers so far. Through the grazing schools, participants learned to incorporate management-intensive grazing practices into their grazing plans and to use the tools needed for successful grazing. Management-intensive grazing can improve the harvest efficiency of grazing livestock and, subsequently, the productive capacity of the grassland.

All participants reported an increase in knowledge about the topics covered in the class. Participants indicated they would save an average of $30 per animal as a result of attending the workshop, saving approximately $419,000 per year.