Learn how to reduce feeding costs at Beef and Forage Field Night Aug. 25 in Jackson

Beef producers are dealing with the rising costs of feed and inputs for making hay, not to mention the impact of this year’s weather on forage quality and seeding. To help the industry meet these challenges, Ohio State University will offer a Beef and Forage Field Night, Thursday, Aug. 25, 5-8:30 p.m., at the Jackson Agricultural Research Station in Jackson, Ohio.

Registration for the event — sponsored by OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) — costs $15 per person, includes dinner and is due by Aug. 19. To register, fill out the form available at http://go.osu.edu/forage and mail, with a check payable to Ohio State University/OARDC, to Kenny Wells, 019 Standpipe Road, Jackson, Ohio 45640.

“Producers attending our field night will not only learn the simple process of sampling hay for nutrient analysis, but they will learn how to use the results of these analyses to help meet the nutritional needs of their livestock,” said Wells, manager of the Jackson Agricultural Research Station. “Field night speakers will present some management practices to help producers control waste of hay and will also cover the basics of making a high-quality late-summer/early-fall forage seeding.”

Field night presentations, all by Ohio State specialists, include: reducing hay waste: effect of feeder design and storage considerations; forage sampling and analysis; use of annual forages as an intermediate to a fall forage seeding; Jackson Agricultural Research Station’s environmental update.

Part of OARDC, the Jackson Agricultural Research Station is located a 019 Standpipe Road, Jackson, Ohio. For more information, contact Wells at 740-462-8016 or wells.296@osu.edu.

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