October 14, 2004 | By: Ellen Brightwell

Seven grazing and animal science experts from Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama will address important economic topics to livestock producers at the fifth annual Kentucky Grazing Conference. It will take place Oct. 26 at the Western Kentucky University Expo Center in Bowling Green.

Morning topics will include strategies for starting a grazing system, the role of legumes in a grazing system, research on present and future tall fescue varieties, pasture fertilization, improving fencing and watering, making stocking decisions and minimizing stored feed requirements.

Speakers will include Gary Bates, Extension forage specialist at the University of Tennessee, Garry Lacefield, Extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center, Tim Phillips, grass breeder, UK College of Agriculture; Bryon Sleugh, associate professor at WKU. Also, Ken Johnson, U.S. Department of Agriculture district conservationist; Glen Aiken, research animal scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Don Ball, Extension forage crops agronomist at Auburn University.

The Kentucky Forage and Grasslands Council's forage spokesman contest will take place during the afternoon. Four producers will tell their forage success stories. The winner will represent Kentucky at the American Forage and Grasslands Council meetings in 2005.

KFGC awards also will be given during the afternoon.

Certified crop advisor credits will be available for grazing conference participants and a number of educational exhibits will be on hand for visiting.

The registration fee of $15 includes proceedings, lunch and refreshments. Students may register for $5.

Lacefield said more information about the conference is available by visiting the UK Forage Extension Web site at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage or by contacting the local county Extension office.


Writer: Ellen Brightwell 859-257-4736 ext. 257
Source: Garry Lacefield 270-365-7541 ext. 202