Thursday, February 21, 2013

Register by March 6: Extension Hay School in Marshfield March 11-12

Contact: Brie Menjoulet, agronomy specialist
Tel: (417) 745-6767

Southwest Missouri hay producers will have an opportunity to improve their hay making skills by attending a Regional Hay School in Marshfield during the evenings of Monday, March 11, and Tuesday March 12.

“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, University of Missouri extension agronomy specialist.

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.

The program will focus on topics such as the economics of hay production, forage options, hay quality issues and testing, fertility management (including the use of poultry litter), balage management, hay storage and feeding to keep losses low, as well as nutritional needs of cows and horses.

“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.

This school will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Monday, March 11 and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 at the Marshfield Lions Club, 210 West Maple Street, Marshfield.

The cost for the program is $35 per person, or $60 per pair. The fee includes handouts and materials, dinner on Monday night, and desserts and refreshments on Tuesday night. Registration and fee are due at the Marshfield Extension office by Wednesday, March 6.

Call the Webster County Extension office at (417) 859-2044 for more details, to make arrangements due to a disability or dietary need, or to register.


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