May 31, 2006 | By: Aimee Nielson

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture will host a field day June 15 to showcase beef, swine and sheep facilities at the Animal Research Center in Woodford County.

The field day will give visitors opportunities to see ongoing research and management strategies in four different areas. A tour detailing swine production and environmental stewardship will begin with a virtual tour of the swine unit and will include demonstrations of swine waste injection and composting. The beef walking tour will start with the intensive research facility and include receiving, growing and finishing research, as well as electronic identification and continuous health monitoring.

The beef/sheep grazing tour will focus on reducing heat stress of yearling cattle grazed on tall fescue; intensive early grazing of fescue and stocking rates; raising hair sheep on grass and companion grazing. The fourth tour will show participants how to optimize forage management by highlighting research on nitrogen management in pastures; successful establishment of legumes in pastures; growing corn for grazing and show new options in pasture weed control. 

Registration begins at 2 p.m. and 30-minute tours run from 3 to 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and a welcome from the college at 6:30 p.m.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to view more than 15 displays from commodity groups, Kentucky Department of Agriculture and UK College of Agriculture programs.

The field day entrance is 2.5 miles northwest of Versailles on U.S. 60 in Woodford County. For more information contact the UK College of Agriculture department of animal and food sciences at 859-257-2686.