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Forage Conference Will Educate Producers about Grazing Practices

Farm Business Management Update, December 2006/January 2007

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Media; Contact Michael Sutphin by phone at (540) 231-6975 or by e-mail at

BLACKSBURG, VA, December 11, 2006 -- Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council will explore the theme, “Profitable Pastures:  Extending Grazing” at this year’s winter forage conference, January 23-25.  Producers will learn how to increase their profits by extending the time livestock feed on forages.

The conference will be repeated on Monday, January 23, at the Armory in Suffolk, VA; Tuesday, January 24, at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, VA; and Wednesday, January 25, at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Center in Abingdon, VA.  Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and events will end at 3:30 p.m.

“Beef producers will gain skills and knowledge of economical ways to manage pastures that will result in reduction of costs by extending the grazing and reducing use of expensive stored feeds or purchased grains,” said Gordon Groover, Extension farm management specialist at Virginia Tech, who will discuss the cost of hay for grazing operations at the conference.  “Farmers will also gain knowledge about beef marketing and practical knowledge of marketing their calves.”

Researchers, producers, and government officials will present at the conference on a wide range of topics:

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation supports the conference.  The early registration fee is $25 for Virginia Forage and Grassland Council members and $35 for non-members.  After the January 9 deadline for early registration, the fee is $35 for Virginia Forage and Grassland Council members and $45 for non-members.  

For more information or to register for the conference, contact Margaret Kenny at or (434) 292-5331.

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