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Registration for annual women’s grazing school underway

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Registration is underway for the 14th annual Southern Alberta Grazing School for Women. As in past years, organizers are expecting the 40 spots to fill up quickly.


This year’s school takes place in Starland County, with activities based in Munson Community Hall July 25-26. There are sessions for the women in a classroom setting using the hall, but also hands-on sessions about range health in the field, putting into practice the information shared.
A number of different topics are covered including range and riparian health, local plant identification, pasture weeds, and post-calving care.
New this year will be some more tours for participants including to an area dairy.
There will also be a tour of Starland County by bus as well as a chance to tour Primrose Farms.
The evening of July 25 is a chance to interact socially with a tour of the Historic Last Chance Saloon located in Wayne.
The $100 registration fee, while it does not cover accommodations, does cover all meals (two breakfasts, two lunches and one supper), as well as the cost of a plant identification book. The fee is so affordable thanks to the sponsorship of the various partners, government agencies and grant funding.
This year’s sponsors include MULTISAR, County of Warner, Starland County, Foothills Forage and Grazing Association, Alberta Environment and Parks, Cows and Fish, CARA, Special Areas, Operation Grassland Community, M.D. of Pincher Creek and Alberta Conservation Association.
Evaluations filled out in prior years, have proven participants find the information garnered through the grazing school to be useful and they often make changes to their own farming or ranching operations. There is also value for the women to be able to speak directly with experts who are invited to present and bounce ideas off of them and each other. For many women, the annual grazing school has been a chance to bond with other ranching women and form friendships that have lasted after returning to their own homes.
“Specifically, because it’s geared for women they have the chance to learn from other women,” says Kristi Stebanuk, one of the organizers with Cows and Fish. “They can get ideas to be able to contribute more to their own operations and everybody shares their own stories in a comfortable setting.”
Registration for the two-day event is open, but those interested shouldn’t wait to register. Stebanuk says the 40 spots are already half spoken for with some new women registered, some who return every year, and a few who have attended the event in the past, but missed a few years.
The registration deadline is July 18. Those attending also need to arrange their own accommodations.
Registration can be completed online at: 2017sagsw.eventbrite.com or phone Kristi Stebanuk at 403-382-0927 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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