Friday, March 28, 2014

Alfalfa Tour in Lawrence County April 22, Register by April 14

Contact: Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist
Headquartered in Stone County
Tel: (417) 357-6812

GALENA, Mo. – 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 Lawrence County Extension Center is offering a program and tour to address this subject starting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at the Glenn and Toni Obermann farm near Freistatt in central Lawrence County.

The program will focus on the benefits of alfalfa in beef nutrition, establishment and management, variety selection, weed and insect control, hay harvest techniques and making haylage.

“Feed supplements are a significant expenditure when raising cattle.  If a producer has the land, labor and equipment available, the possibility of growing alfalfa to supplement beef diets may be worth considering, “said Schnakenberg.  “Glenn and Toni have been raising alfalfa for many years and this will be an outstanding tour location to discuss quality alfalfa production.  They are also involved in a steer backgrounding program.”

Schnakenberg and Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, will be on hand for the discussion.

To find the Obermann farm from the Monett area, take Hwy 60 just east of Monett to Farm Rd. 1100 and go north 4.5 miles to the farm on the left.  From Freistatt, take Farm Rd. 2180 east 1 mile.  Turn south on Farm Rd. 1100 and travel 2.5 miles to the farm on the right. Watch for signs at the farm.

A dinner will be served after the tour in Freistatt and is sponsored by Fritz Implement, MFA Incorporated and W-L Alfalfas.  Participants must pre-register to reserve a meal by calling the Lawrence County Extension Center at (417) 466-3102 by April 14.

Space is limited so participants are encouraged to preregister early.  Bringing lawn chairs is recommended.


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