LIBERTY, Ill. — University of Illinois researchers will be
on hand to discuss current topics and situations producers are facing Sept. 3 at
the annual Orr Beef Research Center Field Day.
The meeting will be held at the John Wood Ag Center located
on Route 104, located 18 miles east of Liberty.
A free meal and discussions begin at 5 p.m. with a
demonstration and tour at 7 p.m. No registration is required.
Paul Peterson, U of I professor in the Department of
Agricultural and Consumer Economics, will provide insight into the cattle
markets and how cattlemen can take advantage of record high prices.
Other speakers include Dan Shike, U of I professor and
cow/calf researcher; Travis Meteer, U of I beef Extension educator; and U of I
graduate research assistants, who will update attendees on the newest research
at the U of I.
Topics will include supplementing lush grass, ensiling corn
stover for cow feed, heifer and cow feed efficiency and grazing corn residue and
the effects on the soil.
A tour of the Orr Center will be given. A demonstration of
forage measurement and calculating grazing days will be performed.
“Although this year has seen more rainfall and thus fewer
production challenges, producers struggle to expand the cow herd and re-invest
in high-priced replacements,” Meteer said.
“This field day will equip producers with the newest
research findings, applicable management strategies, and practical knowledge to
help increase profits in their cattle operation. Speakers will be glad to
address any producer questions during the evening.”
More information is available at
http://web.extension.illinois.edu/oardc/ or by contacting Meteer at 217-236-4961