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2018 Forage Tour aims to give producers an edge in livestock production
By Ryan McGeeney U of A System Division of Agriculture
Oct. 5, 2018
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BATESVILLE, Ark. – Ranchers and livestock producers will have the opportunity to learn
which forages will give them the most bang for their buck in the fall at the 2018
Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Conference and Tour, scheduled for Nov. 2.
Tour participants will have the chance to visit more than nine acres of no-till planted
demonstration plots at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s
Livestock and Forestry Research Station near Batesville.
Attendees will see how to prepare a field, the best methods for planting and different
options for fall forages.
“Some of the plots have already grown over 3 feet tall as of early October, and are
likely not finished,” John Jennings, Professor of Forage for the Division of Agriculture,
said. “That’s an amazing amount of forage to use for the fall grazing season.”
Researchers from the Division of Agriculture’s Animal Science Department will share
results of a study on farm-finished beef, in which steers in a forage-based system
were found to finish cheaper; the study also found that the number of animals in the
study that were graded “choice” compared favorably with feedlot rates.
“Cover crops grown on row crop fields offer soil erosion control, but using them as
a grazing crop gives during that time gives another income source,” Jennings said.
“We’ll be sharing the experiences local producers on grazing cover crop mixes, animal
gains and their suggestions for improving on this practice.
“Calls have been rolling in to county offices, with growers needing to know which
weeds are toxic, are they toxic in hay, and other questions,” Jennings said. “At the
conference, producers can test their skills at identifying toxic versus nontoxic pasture
Commercial exhibits and booths will be set up for attendees to see the latest forage
management products, and other new forage results will be discussed and how producers
can use the information to improve their forage systems.
For more information about the conference or to pre-register, call Linda McCargo at
501-671-2171. The Batesville Livestock and Forestry Research Station is located at 70
Experiment Station Dr, Batesville, AR 72501; phone 870-793-7432.
To learn about forage management in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Mary HightowerThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org