Virginia Tech will host a Beef & Forage Field Day July 27 at Kentland Farm in Blacksburg from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to learn more about a variety of cattle- and forage-related topics and to experience Virginia Tech’s scenic Kentland Farm.
Topics will include
- Economics of low-stress beef cattle handling.
- Characteristics of quality feeder cattle.
- The Virginia beef industry and market outlook.
- Increasing pasture production with summer annuals and alternative forages.
- Baling and bale-handling demonstrations.
- Spray applications using boomless and aerial technology.
- Practical and low-cost application of precision agriculture in livestock.
- Precision technology demonstrations in forage systems.
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BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 22, 2014 – The Virginia Forage and Grassland Council and Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2015 Winter Forage Conferences in four locations Jan. 20 through 23.
This year’s conferences will provide participants with information and examples of how healthy soils, forages, and ruminants improve human health and well-being. Speakers will illustrate the role of healthy soils as the foundation for a vibrant forage system that supports a ruminant livestock herd supplying high-quality proteins for human nutrition and health.
A beef cow grazing at the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Raphine, Virginia.
The keynote speaker will be Peter Ballerstedt, the forage product manager at Barenbrug USA.
Ballerstedt writes a blog focused on diet, health, and human nutrition called “Grass Based Health.” His areas of expertise include forage production, utilization, and forage-based livestock production systems and their role in human nutrition.
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