Join us the last Tuesday of each month for a 4-part workshop series designed for livestock owners to learn about Best Management Practices that impact your livestock and productivity. Workshops will also address how to positively contribute to local water quality through good management!
All workshops will be held online at this time. Registered participants will recieve a link to join via GoToMeeting.
Follow-up technical assistance and planning available for residents of the Deschutes Watershed through this funding source, and additional options available for other Thurston County residents - ask for more information!
Questions? Contact Nora White, email@example.com or 360-999-3727
Getting Started with Pasture Management -RECORDING AVAILABLE
June 30, 2020, 5:30 - 7pm
Are you looking for resources on how to improve your pasture? This presentation will help you get to know your pasture and what you can do to improve grass growth, reduce weeds, and effectively manage your pasture throughout the season. You can improve your pasture productivity, focus on livestock health, and protect local water quality all at the same time. We will cover pasture rotation and give you the tools to develop a grazing system. This is a great opportunity for anyone grazing livestock or growing hay.
How to Begin Managing Manure for Your Livestock
July 28, 2020, 5:30 - 7pm
Are you interested in managing livestock manure on your property and want to know where to start? This presentation will help you get to know ways you can collect, safely store, effectively compost, and considerations when spreading manure or removing it offsite. Manure is a valuable resource to your land and to your pasture and hay fields. Focusing on what type of management system will work for you will help you reduce mud, reduce flies and parasite loads, improve chore efficiency, and reducing the volume of manure in the process. All of this can be done while protecting water resources and minimizing any runoff or leaching of nutrients in the process, which will have a hugely positive impact on water quality in your watershed. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about developing a manure management system that addresses your goals and concerns on your land.
How to Address Mud and Design a Heavy Use Area
August 25, 2020, 5:30 - 7pm
Do you have mud and dust in your pasture or paddock areas? This presentation will show different ways that you can address mud issues and how to set up an intentional ‘heavy use area’ for your livestock – from footing choice to drainage systems. All of this can be done while protecting water quality and minimizing runoff. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about developing a heavy use area as part of your pasture and manure management systems – great for horse and livestock owners. Get ahead of your mud!
How to Get Started Implementing a Project with TCD
September 29, 2020, 5:30 - 7pm
Thurston Conservation District works with directly residents to put projects on the ground! This presentation will go through some of the steps involved in designing, permitting, and constructing your goal such as a manure management structure, heavy use area, or fencing to exclude livestock from waterways. The goals is to provide you with tips on what to expect while going through the implementation process and help you learn about different cost share opportunities that may be available for your project. These projects have a direct positive impact on our shared watersheds and the ecosystems that support fish and wildlife habitat. This workshop is specifically for folks living in the Deschutes Watershed – ask if you’re not sure!
Funding for this workshop series provided by Washington State Department of Ecology.