The Ohio Forages and Grasslands Council Annual Conference will be held February 6, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg, OH. The program focus is “Take the Next Step” in your forage management program. Details of the program and registration can be found at http://afgc.org/ohio.php.
The featured speaker will be Dr. Ed Rayburn, Extension Specialist at West Virginia University, He will discuss pasture ecology and animal responses to grazing management, including rotational and “mob-stocking.” Dr. Rayburn will also discuss best management practices for plastic wrapped bales learned from on-farm research and experience.
Do you know the ideal initial and residual grazing height of a pasture to maximize animal intake and live weight gains? Come and learn how to increase animal gains by optimizing the animal-plant interaction during grazing, which will be discussed by Dr. Anibal de Moraes, a professor of pasture ecology in southern Brazil.
Also featured on the program will be four producers who will talk about their own dairy, beef, sheep and commercial silage storage operations. They will share lessons learned on how to manage efficient forage-based operations. In addition, research results from integrating sheep into grain crop rotations will be discussed by Dr. Jeff McCutcheon, Extension Educator in Morrow county.