Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Missouri Livestock Forage Use and Poisonous Plants Seminars Planned for West Plains Nov. 12 and Houston Dec. 10

Editor’s Note: These seminars are geared toward cattle production, but many aspect of forage management can apply to goat operations.

WEST PLAINS, Mo. — Two seminars have been scheduled to inform cattle producers on feeding low-quality forages and managing poisonous plants. Guest speakers from University of Missouri Extension will be Dr. Randy Wiedmeier, a livestock specialist, and Sarah Kenyon, an agronomy specialist.

The same program will be presented twice. The first session begins at 6 p.m., Nov. 12, at the Howell County Extension Center, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd. (next to Hero's Coffee). Pre-registration and $5 per person are needed by Nov. 11 by calling (417) 256-2391.

The second session begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10, at the Texas County Extension Center, 114 W. Main St. Prepaid registration of $5 per person is requested and registration can be made by calling (417) 967-4545.

Dr. Wiedmeier will present “Low-Quality Forage Utilization by Livestock.”
“This year we have been blessed with an abundance of hay but, unfortunately, much of it is of fairly low quality. We can sustain our livestock on these low-quality forages but proper supplementation programs are imperative. Items to consider when making decisions regarding supplements for livestock being fed low-quality forages will be presented,” Wiedmeier said.

Kenyon will present information on controlling weeds in pastures. The information presented will focus on the seven deadliest plants to livestock. Other information on troublesome weeds will also be discussed. “Ample rain in 2015 provided for good growing conditions, unfortunately, those same conditions allowed some problematic weeds to flourish, Kenyon said.

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians to improve lives, communities, and economies by providing relevant, responsive and reliable educational solutions. MU Extension programs are open to all. More information on this topic is available online at http://extension.missouri.edu.

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