Richard Mifflin Kleberg, Jr. Family Lectureship on Grazing Management
March 13-16, 2018
$500 – Covers materials, equipment, refreshments and meals.
Noble Research Institute, LLC2510 Sam Noble Parkway
Ardmore, OK 73401
Mastering the science and art of grazing management is critical for successful ranch management. This course will provide students with the tools to determine correct stocking rate of the ranch’s pasture and range sources, carefully considering the variation in precipitation within seasons and between years, while balancing the needs livestock. A second critical step is to develop strategic and operational plans to accomplish the specific goals and objectives of the ranch. This lectureship—held in partnership with Noble Research Institute, LLC— will help participants develop sound grazing management programs to achieve the goals of their ranch.
The Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Noble Research Institute conducts fundamental, translational and applied research; offers no-cost consultation and education to farmers, ranchers and land managers; operates seven research and demonstration farms; and educates students of all ages about science and agriculture. The Noble Research Institute was founded by Lloyd Noble, an Oklahoma oilman and philanthropist, in 1945 as The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to advance agriculture and land stewardship.
- Define the physiological processes, the morphological development, and the basic ecology of native and introduced forage species
- Determine carrying capacity and stocking rates
- Understand the impacts of grazing systems on vegetation, livestock, wildlife, watersheds, and profitability
- Develop management plans
- Develop grazing strategies
- Develop contingency plans