Ohio Forage conference aims high


REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – The cast of speakers lined up for Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council annual conference March 2 reads like a who’s who in livestock and forage production.

Featured speakers.

The featured speaker, Ed Ballard, animal systems educator from the University of Illinois, promises to expose the little known facts regarding the economics of grazing. In addition, he will share the economics of grazing alternatives in the bread basket of Illinois. Accompanying Ballard will be John Mickey, a commercial forage producer and spokesperson for the American Forage and Grasslands Council.

The Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council has always recognized the importance of learning from experienced producers who make a living farming and grazing.

Consequently, a host of diverse Ohio producers will be represented, including Darol Dickinson, who will cover an alternative income opportunity on the farm; Matt Cunningham, a sheep producer in southern Ohio will also be on hand to share his unique and diverse operation.

Trish Alcorn, of Miami County will shed some light on grazing horses. Randy Nelson, a beef producer in Guernsey County will share his experiences with the intensive rotational grazing of cattle. Bill Watkins of Belmont County will provide insight in the area of dairy grazing.

Discussion sessions.

Detailed breakout sessions have been scheduled to allow discussion and further explanation on specific aspects of forage management.

This program will also include displays from numerous manufacturers and dealers in forage-related products.

How to register.

The conference will be held in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. For registration information contact Clif Little with OSU Extension at 740-432-9300.


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