Ark Forage & Grassland Council offers ranch tours May 2
- 2014 Ark Forage & Grassland Council tour set for May 2
- Tour shows comparison of grazing, management strategies on two different sized farms
LITTLE ROCK – Two ranches in Lawrence and Randolph counties that weathered the extremes of drought and flood and still managed 300 days of grazing will be showcased as part of the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council spring tour on May 2.
Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and buses leave at 9:30 a.m. from the Pocahontas Livestock Auction Barn in Pocahontas on Friday, May 2. Buses will return by 4:30 p.m.
"This tour is a great opportunity to see how different grazing and forage management strategies work on two different farm operations," said John Jennings, professor-forage for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. "These two farms are opening their doors to show how they are putting information from research and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s 300 Day Grazing Demonstration program to good use to save money, labor and time.”
Participants will visit two area livestock farms of different sizes and grazing programs. Among the discussion topics are:
- Grazing systems on stocker calf and cow/calf operations;
- Unique electric fencing strategies
- Practical forage options and management for grazing 300 days per year
- Comparison of livestock water options and
- Environmentally sound practices for forage and livestock management.
Cost per person is $25, $10 for students. Registration includes lunch, all materials and bus transportation.
To reach the Pocahontas Livestock Auction, take Hwy 67 into Pocahontas, turn onto Townsend St. (at the intersection of Hwys 67 and 304, at the T-Ricks Citgo gas station) and go west about a quarter mile to the Livestock Auction Barn.
For more information about the conference or to pre-register, call John Jennings, AFGC secretary, at 501-671-2350, or contact any AFGC board member.
For more information about managing livestock and forages tour,visit extension's newly revamped web site, www.uaex.uada.edu, or contact your county extension agent.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Kelli Reep
For the Cooperative Extension Service
UofA Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service