County producers to present at Jan. 8 grazing conference

Dion Heckman of White Bird and Derrick Stuivenga of Grangeville will be presenting on using drones for cattle surveillance and herding at a conference in Lewiston in January.

— Two Idaho County ag producers will be presenters at the upcoming Three Rivers Grazing Conference in Lewiston.

Dion Heckman of White Bird, and Derrick Stuivenga of Grangeville, will be presenting on using drones for cattle surveillance and herding.

Open to the public, the 15th annual conference will be held at the Williams Conference Center, Lewis-Clark State College. The conference begins at 8 a.m. with a trade show, featuring pasture and range equipment and supplies, and presentations begin at 9 a.m.

This year’s entire conference will feature presentations by livestock producers sharing their experiences with a variety of grazing programs. The morning session will feature talks by cattle producers Dave McFarland, from Salmon, on Ranch Succession and Ranch Management, along with Glenn Elzinga, also from Salmon talking about targeted grazing and cattle herding to reduce predation. The morning season will conclude with a presentation by Craig Madsen a livestock producer from Edwall, Wash., on targeted grazing using goats to control brush.

The afternoon session will start with a presentation by Nate Riggers and Drew Mosman, both from Nezperce, on the benefits of cover crop grazing. Clint Zenner from Genesee will speak on livestock water developments in cropland. Josh Jones from Troy will then present an update on his cover crop grazing program. This will be followed by two presentations on using drones for cattle surveillance and herding from Heckman and Stuivenga, along with Denny Dau of Gifford, and Colton Hotkiss of Moscow.

Conference cost is $15 if preregistered by Dec. 28. Cost at the door is $20. Registration includes lunch. Call the Idaho County NRCS office, 208-983-1046, to register.

The Three Rivers Grazing Conference is being sponsored by the University of Idaho Extension System; Idaho Association of Conservation Districts, Division 2; Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Idaho State Soil Conservation Commission.

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