September 26, 2007 | By: Laura Skillman

A good grazing program is vital to the success of livestock enterprises in Kentucky. This year’s Kentucky Grazing Conference is set to help producers hone their management skills.

Farmers may want to forget 2007 with its early freeze and summer drought that left fields parched and limited forages for livestock to eat. But there are management strategies to employ in the coming months to aid in pasture recovery, said Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture forage specialist. Information on recovering from this year’s weather woes will kick off presentations at the conference sponsored by UK and the Kentucky Forage and Grasslands Council. 

The conference, in its eighth year, will be held Oct. 30 at the Western Kentucky University Expo Center in Bowling Green. Additional program topics include: Does Grazing Method Matter, Options for Summer Grazing, Techniques for Reducing MUD Problems and Improving Pasture Abused Areas, and experiences with teff in Kentucky.

Jimmy Henning, associate dean for extension and associate director of the UK Cooperative Extension Service, and Mike Hubbs, state conservationist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, will discuss how the college and agency work together to improve grazing in the state.

Educational programs will be conducted in the morning with a business meeting and forage spokesman contest to be held after lunch.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. There is a $15 registration fee which includes written materials, refreshments and lunch. There will also be exhibits and a silent auction. Student fee is $5. Pre-registration is not necessary.

A full conference schedule can be found at the UK forages Web site:


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