Critical issues with grazing operations to be discussed at field day Sept. 30If you have land and livestock, you probably have a grazing operation of some sort. Have you ever wondered if you are doing the best job possible managing your resources? The livestock could be horses, cattle, sheep, elk, alpacas, miniature horses or some other species of livestock utilizing pasture. Three critical issues that can affect your operation, fencing, water and pasture health, will be topics during an upcoming field day sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Tuscarawas and Guernsey County, OSU Extension, the Muskingum Watershed, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The field day will be hosted by Don and Ann Carruthers located just east of Interstate 77 on State Route 258 east of Newcomerstown on Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It doesn't matter if you've had livestock all your life or if you are just now thinking about acquiring some, there will be information beneficial to you and your operation. Proper fence installation is critical because it provides the ability to manage the livestock or to have the livestock where you want them when you want them there. It also provides security from a liability standpoint and allows you to sleep easier at night. If you have ever had to haul water for livestock or your own consumption you know how critical water can be. And then there is pasture health. Just like people, plants can be healthy or sick. Healthy plants can provide a lot of benefits, such as, food for livestock, protection to keep the ground cool so it doesn't dry out as quick, and prevents soil erosion. Sick plants can't provide these same benefits.Eric Miller with Stay Tuff Fence Company will be doing a presentation on proper fence construction. Clif Little OSU Extension Educator Guernsey County will be speaking on the issue of water for livestock. Bob Hendershot, NRCS Grasslands Management Systems specialist, will be speaking on the topic of pasture health.In addition to these speakers, Beth Kruprzak and Gina Schworm, NRCS grassland conservationists, will be sharing about grazing management plans and government programs.Lunch is provided. Due to the generosity of the sponsors, there is no fee for this event but pre-registration is required by contacting the Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District at 9711 East Pike, Cambridge, OH 43725 or by calling 432-5624. Registration deadline is Sept. 30.