HSGA and Google Earth Workshops on Big Island a Success!

by HI-GLC on November 15, 2012

The 2012 Annual HSGA Workshop was a great success! Participants got a thorough introduction to grazing land ecology with Charley Orchard of Land EKG the first day. They learned about estimating forage production and calculating stocking rates, principles for managing sod-forming and bunch grasses, grazing impacts and effects and grazing land monitoring.

On the second day, Dr. Kim Kozuma gave a Scrapie update, then Dr. Liz Hamilton got into the nitty-gritty of animal and herd health management. She is seen in a photo below demonstrating proper kid/lamb birthing position in her discussion on parturition and dystocia.

Super ONO lunches both days was provided by the Chong Ohana (KLC Catering aka Da Pulehu Wagon).

Also on the second day of the HSGA workshop, Charley Orchard provided a separate, hands-on computer training to 20 ranchers on using Google Earth to map ranches, infrastructure, and lay out a grazing plan.

Big Mahalo to Kahua Ranch for allowing us the use of the deck and their pastures and to the Hawaii GLCI and NRCS for their support!

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