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Grazing conference will offer timely information



PHOTO: Katie Pratt, UK agricultural communications specialist
Princeton, Ky.

This summer’s high temperatures and dry weather were tough on many forage and animal producers. University and U.S. Department of Agriculture specialists will discuss the drought and other timely topics during the 13th Kentucky Grazing Conference Oct. 30 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.

The conference, hosted by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, will begin at 8:30 a.m. CDT. Forage and animal specialists from UK, University of Tennessee and the USDA will present on the following topics: novel endophyte tall fescue, winter annuals for grazing, pastures for horses, cost of pasture compared to hay, grassfed beef from a global perspective and strategies to manage the effects of the drought.

Additionally, Brent White from Lyon County will discuss the forages on his farm. White is the Kentucky and National forage spokesman.

In the afternoon, contestants from across the state will compete to be the next Kentucky Forage Spokesman. County agriculture and natural resource extension agents usually nominate contestants, but those interested in competing can also contact Garry Lacefield, UK forage specialist, at 270-365-7541, ext. 202. Contestants must be a Kentucky forage/livestock producer and give a presentation about their forage-based, livestock program. The winner will represent the state at the national competition at the 2013 American Forage and Grassland Council's annual meeting in January. Kentucky producers have won more national contests than any other state.

Registration is the day of the conference. The registration fee is $15 and $5 for students.

Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available.

The conference is sponsored by the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council and the UK College of Agriculture.

Contact: 

Garry Lacefield, 270-365-7541, ext. 202

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