AUBURN, Ala. – Cattle producers should make plans now to attend the 2017 Alabama Forage Conference Nov. 29 at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula, Alabama. The conference begins with registration at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.
In addition to the conference, there will be a pre-conference tour of the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland, Alabama. That tour is set for Nov. 28 from 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension animal scientist, said that the conference will highlight current research and educational tools that are being used in forages.
“Attendees will have the opportunity to see current forage research as well as demonstration projects. They also will learn ways to improve soil and plant health to sustain year-round grazing systems,” said Mullenix. “This conference is also an excellent networking opportunity for forage producers, industry and academia.”
Registration begins Aug. 5 at 8 a.m., and will be open until Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. The cost of registeration for both the pre-conference tour and the forage conference is $65 per person. The cost to attend just the forage conference is $50 per person. To register, visit www.bamabeef.org/forage.
The conference features three guest speakers presenting information on a variety of topics.
Matt Poore– North Carolina State University professor and Extension Specialist
Poore grew up on a farm in southern Virginia and has extensive on-farm, research and Extension experience in improving forage utilization in grazing systems. He serves as program director for the Amazing Grazing program through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in North Carolina. Poore is also a former president of the American Society of Animal Science Southern Section.
Audrey Gamble- Auburn University assistant professor and Alabama Extension Specialist
Gamble is an Alabama Extension specialist in soil health. Additionally, she serves as the soils specialist for the Animal Science and Forage, Crops, and Horticulture Extension teams.
Leanne Dillard- Auburn University assistant professor and Alabama Extension Specialist
Dillard is Alabama Extension’s new forages specialist. An Auburn University alum, Dillard recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the USDA Agricultural Research Service focusing on technologies for extending the grazing season for beef and dairy producers.
Managing forages and grazing are critical elements of a successful cattle operation. In 2016, more than 690,000 head of beef cattle were grazing as well as eating hay across Alabama. In addition, more acres were devoted to forage production than for any of the state’s major row crops.
For information about the conference, visit Alabama Extension online or contact your county Extension office.