Livestock producers looking for the latest information on forages, grazing techniques and pasture management have the opportunity to attend the Heart of America Grazing Conference this month.

The event will be held Jan. 25-26 at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne in Louisville, Ky. Registration is $35 per day per person or $50 for both days. Late registration paid after Jan. 15 is $65.

Each year the conference rotates among Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and features speakers from each state concerning a wide variety of grazing topics.

Topics include:

  • Grazing non-traditional forages, such as brassicas, chicory, eastern gamagrass, ryegrass and oats.
  • Extending the grazing season.
  • Co-species grazing.
  • Integrated weed management.
  • Management-intensive grazing.
  • Organic dairying.
  • Tall fescue. 
  • Pasture management.

Certified crop advisor credits will be offered.

The conference is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council, Illinois Grassland Conservation Initiative Association, Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, Indiana Forage Council, Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council, Kentucky Grassland Conservation Initiative, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council, Missouri Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, University of Illinois Extension, University of Missouri Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service.

More information.

Source: Ohio State University