UACES Facebook Arkansas Forage/Grassland Council spring tour set for April 24

Arkansas Forage/Grassland Council spring tour set for April 24

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    • Arkansas Forage & Grassland Council spring tour set for April 24
    • Registration is $25 per person and $10 for students
    • For info: John Jennings, 501-671-2350.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Despite drought, flood and everything in between, some Arkansas livestock producers have been able to reach grazing seasons of 300 days or more.

“How did they do this when grass refused to grow? By using some of the most tested and proven forage management practices available,” said John Jennings, professor-forage for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “If you are interested in better grazing and less hay feeding you will want to attend this tour.”

These farmers will be featured April 24 on the 2015 Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council’s spring bus tour. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at the Pocahontas Livestock Auction in Pocahontas and buses will depart at 9:30 a.m. for the first farm. While registration before the event isn’t required, it’s preferred. Registration cost is $25 per person and $10 for students and includes lunch, tour handout materials, and comfortable bus transportation to all farms. To register, contact John Jennings at 501-671-2350.

The two farms are of differing sizes and livestock operation.

“One is a typical size cow/calf operation and the other is a larger stocker operation with a cow herd as well,” Jennings said.  “Some key points that tour attendees will notice are how the producers have matched their forage practices to their livestock needs with a very simple list of forages, the flexible options for livestock water, and how their grazing systems have been developed with very few permanent electric fences.

“The producers will describe their experience with the forage and grazing practices that work well and those that do not work well,” he said. “Other speakers will discuss specific forage management practices on each farm and how to implement those in a season-long grazing system.”

To reach the Pocahontas Livestock Auction, take U.S. 67 to Pocahontas, turn onto Townsend Street -- at the intersection of US 67 & Arkansas Hwy. 304, at the T-Ricks Citgo gas station. Head west about a quarter mile to the Livestock Auction Barn.

For more information on the AFGC Spring Forage Bus Tour contact any AFGC board member or call Jennings at 501-671-2350.

For more information about livestock production, visit www.uaex.edu, contact your county extension office or visit www.Arkansaslivestock.com.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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By The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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