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MU Wurdack Center Field Day to Examine Winter Feeding
Missouri Ag Connection - 10/05/2022

The University of Missouri Wurdack Extension and Education Center will host a free producer field day Oct. 7. Presentations on winter feeding will be given during a tour of the farm in the Missouri Ozarks.

"Farmers are dealing with potentially short supplies of hay and hay of questionable quality following the drought this summer," says Gatlin Bunton, director of Wurdack Center. "It is important to begin thinking of how we can manage the existing forage resources we have and look to the future with alternate forage options for the upcoming year."

MU Extension livestock specialist Anita Ellis will present the nutritional benefits of standing milo as an alternative winter feed. Extension specialist Rachel Hopkins will discuss the economics of hay and supplemental feedstocks in tall-fescue-based systems.

Jordan Thomas, state cow-calf extension specialist, will discuss beef breeding seasons as they relate to forage availability. Livestock specialist Eric Muesch will talk about the nutritional value of stored hay and the importance of hay testing.

Other topics include summer annual forages used as stockpile, beef management through winter, beef reproduction and silvopasture.

The field day is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 7 at the MU Wurdack Extension and Education Center, 164 Bales Road, Cook Station.

For details and free registration, visit in new window) or call the MU Extension Center in Crawford County at 573-775-2135.

FCNB Bank is a co-sponsor of the field day.

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