Field day to focus on forage, grazing topics

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Experts from throughout the Midwest will discuss the latest livestock pasturing trends and topics during the Dubois-Perry-Spencer Greener Pastures Field Day.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. EDT Aug. 23 at the Marion McMurtrie Trust Farm, 7827 W. Old Road 64, in Holland. Session topics include watering systems, pasture renovations and construction, and alternative feed sources, such as annuals, cover crops and crop residues.

"The purpose of this workshop is to give livestock farmers information they can use to improve efficiency and productivity," said Kenneth Eck, Extension educator in Dubois County. "In addition to learning about ways to improve their pasturing practices, people can also network and talk to other producers to see how they're managing these challenges."

This year's speakers are Jeffrey Lehmkuhler, associate professor and Extension beef cattle specialist at the University of Kentucky; Bret Winsett, national sales manager at Hood River Seed; and Robert Zupancic and Susannah Hinds, grazing specialists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil and Water Conservation District (USDA-NRCS).

The Purdue Extension and USDA-NRCS offices in Dubois, Perry and Spencer Counties present the field day jointly. Funding was provided by Purdue Extension and Clean Water Indiana.

Registration is $5 per person and must be received by Aug. 12. A catered meal will be provided. Participants can register by calling the Extension offices in Dubois County at 812-482-1782, Perry County at 812-547-7084, or Spencer County at 812-362-8066, or by emailing Sara Dzimianski,