How can I improve my pasture? Do I need to reseed? How many animals can I graze on my land? Balancing livestock needs with the needs of pasture and rangeland species can be complicated. This course will prepare you with the knowledge and resources needed to answer these questions and understand why. You will develop a pasture management plan in this course and explore how grasses and pasture plants grow. Hands-on activities help you identify the specific grass and forb species on your property and understand their life cycles and growth patterns. You will then apply your understanding of grasses to basic principles of grazing management. Good grazing strategies, and pasture establishment and renovation options, will help you improve grass health and reduce the amount of bare ground and weeds!
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
Jennifer Cook is the Small Acreage Management Coordinator in Colorado’s Front Range, working in a partnership position with Colorado State University Extension and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). She consults with small acreage landowners on land stewardship practices such as weed management, grazing strategies, and reseeding. Her goal is to teach land managers about natural resources and practical land management options to improve the environment, protect water quality, promote soil health, and increase production.
Jennifer earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Agriculture from Colorado State University. Prior to her current job, she worked with NRCS helping farmers with conservation on their farm land. Jennifer and her husband also spent a year in New Zealand, traveling, working on organic farms, and volunteering with the New Zealand Department of Conservation. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and yoga.