Managing Livestock, Wildlife, Plants, Soils and People Workshop

May 01, 2007

A workshop, "Animal Grazing Behavior: Understanding and Managing Livestock, Wildlife, Plants, Soils and People," is set for May 1-2 at the Prairie Knights Casino and Resort, Fort Yates. The event is sponsored by the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center.

"The information presented will have immediate applications for cattle and sheep producers, dairy farmers, wildlife biologists, horse owners and others working with grazing issues, animal reintroductions or foraging behavior of any kind," according to Chris Schauer, Hettinger REC director.

The workshop will be led by Fred Provenza, Utah State University Department of Forest, Range and Wildlife Sciences professor. Provenza’s research focuses on understanding behavioral processes and using that understanding to inform management. For the past two decades, his emphasis has been on the role of learning about the food and habitat selection by herbivores.

"Provenza will explore the relationships among soils, plants, herbivores, people and ecosystems," Schauer says. "He also will discuss how behavior influences food and habitat selection."

The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. on May 1 and concludes at 5 p.m. on May 2. Registration is free; however, space is limited. Registration for the workshop will close on April 24. For a registration form, go to http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/hettinge/. For more information, contact Schauer at (701) 567-4323 or christopher.schauer@ndsu.edu.

Lodging is available at the Prairie Knights Casino and Resort for $45 per night. Call (800) 425-8277 to register for a room.

NDSU Agriculture Communication

Source: Chris Schauer, (701) 567-4323, christopher.schauer@ndsu.edu

Editor: Rich Mattern, (701) 231-6136, richard.mattern@ndsu.edu