Friday, April 05, 2013

Raising Alfalfa in the Ozarks Topic of Program in Taney County April 22

Contact: Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist
Tel: (417) 357-6812

Raising alfalfa in the Ozarks is an effective way of producing protein and energy sources to supplement beef and dairy cattle diets, according to Tim Schnakenberg, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The Taney County Extension Center and Branson Bank are partnering to offer a program and tour to address this subject starting at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at the Rob Dalton farm near Brown Branch in northeastern Taney County. The program was originally scheduled in March but was rescheduled due to weather.

The program will focus on the pros and cons of raising alfalfa in a beef operation, supplementing the beef cow diet, alfalfa weed control and the economics of building a hay barn. A spray demonstration for controlling weeds in alfalfa will also be featured, sponsored by MFA in Ava and DuPont Chemical Company.

“Purchased feed has become a very expensive option for farmers these days. If a producer has the land, labor and equipment already available, the possibility of growing alfalfa to supplement beef diets is worth considering, “said Schnakenberg. “Since Rob Dalton has recently built a new barn to store hay in, we also plan to discuss the economics of building a barn and how it might pay to use it to store both low and high value hay supplies.”

Tim Schnakenberg, Eldon Cole, livestock specialist, and Gordon Carriker, ag business specialist, all with University of Missouri Extension, will be on hand for the discussion. The Rob Dalton farm is located on Hwy. 76, east of Forsyth 19 miles on the left at the Douglas County line, or 18 miles southwest of Ava on Hwy. 76 on the right. Look for signs at the farm.

A dinner will begin after the tour (at about 6:30 p.m.) in Bradleyville and is hosted by Branson Bank. Participants should pre-register by calling Halley Fleming at Branson Bank (417) 334-9696 or email by Monday, April 15. Contact the Taney County Extension Center at (417) 546-4431 for more information regarding content of the program.


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