Plant and Animal Scientists Join Economist to Discuss Efficient Forage Management

Picture of cows grazing

​The Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council will hold a forage conference at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The conference will focus on practices that livestock producers can use to be more efficient in their forage programs. Photo of cattle grazing on a UT AgResearch and Education Center courtesy UTIA. ​
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee ranks 12th in the nation in the use of farmland for the production of hay or for actively grazing livestock, especially beef cattle. In early March landowners will gather to discuss this lucrative, but sometimes misunderstood agricultural commodity, and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture experts and an expert from Auburn University will be on hand to explain industry trends.

The Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council will hold a forage conference at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  The conference will focus on practices that livestock producers can use to be more efficient in their forage programs.

The meeting will begin with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. CST, with the program starting at 6 p.m.  Speakers and topics for the conference include the following experts and topics:

Using alfalfa in tall fescue and bermudagrass, presented by Renata Nave Oakes, UT Department of Plant Sciences

What information can you get from a forage test? presented by Gary Bates, UT Department of Plant Sciences and director of the UT Beef and Forage Center

Mineral content of forage crops, presented by Kim Mullenix, Auburn University Extension specialist

Which is best: a 45-, 60- or 90-day breeding season? presented by Justin Rhinehart, UT Department of Animal Science

Using forage test results, presented by Jason Smith, UT Department of Animal Science

Top money eaters in cow-calf production, presented by Andrew Griffith, UT Department of Agricultural and Rural Economics

Registration for this meeting is $25, which includes dinner and a one-year membership in the TFGC. 

For more information contact Gary Bates by email at gbates@utk.edu or by phone at 865-974-7208.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

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Contact: 

Gary Bates, UT Beef and Forage Center, 865-974-7208, gbates@utk.edu