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Pasture-Finished Beef Field Day Willow Bend Demonstration Farm - Union, WV

Livestock Update, August 2008

Dr. Mark Wahlberg, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

2:00 - 2:30 Registration
2:30 Welcome and Purpose of the Field Day

The Overall Research Effort - Economic Pasture-Based Beef Systems for Appalachia - Dr. Bill Clapham, USDA ARS


What We Learned in the First Phase


Highlights from the Cow Work at Steeles Tavern (weaning methods, warm season perennials, stocking rate vs hay needs) - David Fiske, Shenandoah Valley AREC and Holly Boland, PhD Candidate, Virginia Tech

3:00 Winter Stocker Results from Morgantown (forage types and quality, response to supplements, Residual Feed Intake) Dr. Gene Felton, Dept of Animal & Veterinary Science, West Virginia University
3:30 Finishing Cattle Performance and Carcass Quality (Forage Type, ADG, Forage Available to Cattle, Etc) Dr. Jim Neel, Research Animal Scientist, USDA ARS
3:50 Meat Quality - Dr. Jim Neel
4:10 Fatty Acid Composition of the Product - Dr. Joe Fontenot, John W. Hancock Jr. Professor Emeritus of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech
4:30 Load up to Tour the Pastures and Cattle
4:40 Pasture Finishing at Willow Bend - Cattle and Pasture Management - Dr. Jim Neel

The Current Phase of Pasture-Based Research

  • Expanding the Harvest Window - Grazing Days and Cattle Age - Dr. Jim Neel
  • Frame Size of the Cattle - Dr. Gene Felton and Dr. Jim Neel
  • Teff and Triticale as Forage Crops - Dr. Ozzie Abaye, Dept. of Crop and Soil  Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, and Dr. Bill Clapham
5:45 How to Manage Rotationally-Grazed Pastures

Rest Period, Grazing Duration, Stocking Density, Residual Forage Height, Etc - Dr. Ed Rayburn, Extension Forage Agronomist, West Virginia University

  Ideas for Fencing and Water
6:30 Back to the Headquarters for Dinner

A Message from our Sponsors
Local Producer Organizations Producing Pasture-Finished Livestock


We Look Forward to Having You Come to the 2009 Field Day at Steeles Tavern!


Directions to the Field Day

The Willow Bend Demonstration Farm is located 4.5 miles south of Union, West Virginia.  Route 219 is the main road through Union.

Take the US 219 South exit at Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Travel south on US 219 approximately 25 miles to Union, West Virginia.
At the south end of Union there is a 4-way stop.
Continue straight thru the 4-way stop on the Willow Bend Road.
Willow Bend Farm is approximately 4.5 miles on the left.

From Southwest Virginia take Route 460 to Rich Creek.  Take Route 219 north into West Virginia.  Stay on Route 219 for approximately 27 miles to Union, WV.  At the 4-way stop as you come into Union, turn right on to the Willow Bend Road.  Willow Bend Farm is approximately 4.5 miles on the left.

Preregistration is required for the complimentary dinner.  To preregister for the dinner call the Monroe Co. WVU-Extension Office at 304-772-3003.

The Pasture-Finished Beef Field Day is sponsored by USDA-ARS, the West Virginia University Extension Service, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, and Virginia Cooperative Extension along with a number of cooperating agencies and organizations.


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