Monday, November 21, 2011

Hay School Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Bolivar, Mo.

There is a fee to attend the program which will include two meals. Registration is required by November 23 and can be made by calling the Polk County Extension office at 417-326-4916.

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Southwest Missouri hay producers will have an opportunity to improve their hay making skills by attending a two-day hay school in Bolivar from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Polk County Fairgrounds Youth Building in Bolivar.

“There is a lot at stake when making hay and many things to consider to make it worth the effort and to be profitable,” said Brie Menjoulet, a University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist and organizer of the event.

This six-hour,  non-credit course is specifically designed for livestock and horse producers who may already have their own hay equipment or have hay custom harvested on their land.   All aspects of hay and balage production will be covered.

Conference speakers will address which forages are best for this region, nutritional requirements for cows and horses, supplements, hay tests, from cutting to baling hay, fertility management, hay economics, and reducing storage and feeding loses.

“Attending a hay school is an important management tool to insure that you are getting the most out of you land, time, and hay equipment,” says Menjoulet.
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