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1998 Northern Piedmont Beef Conservation Field Day
Livestock Update, October 1998
Steve Hopkins, Extension Agent, Animal Science, Orange County Extension Office, 540-672-1361
| 1998 Northern Piedmont Beef Conservation Field Day |
Friday, October 23, 1998
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Joe Henshaw, Farm Manager
|8:00 a.m.|| ||Registration
|9:00 a.m.||Welcome and Introductions|
Brad Jarvis, Extension Agent
Welcome to the Farm
Joe Henshaw, Manager of Farm
|9:15 a.m. ||Morning Program|
Field day participants will rotate to different tour stops having the option of choosing 4 out of 7 stops
|12:15 p.m. ||Lunch (compliments of sponsors)
|1:00 p.m. ||Lunch Speaker - New Opportunities to Install Conservation Practices on Your Farm -- David Brickley, Director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
|1:45 p.m. ||Heifer and Bull Selection Demonstration A hands-on animal evaluation demonstration will be conducted by Bill McKinnon, Dr. Scott Greiner, and Dr. John Hall from Virginia Tech to show the proper type heifers to select for your breeding herd, and the correct bull to use for different breeding situations.
|2:30 p.m. ||Adjourn
There is no charge for lunch, but in order to help us plan, please contact your local Extension Office or the Orange County Extension Office at 540-672-1361 no later than Monday, October 19, to make reservations.
Directions to the Field Day
From Madison, Va: Follow Route 231 North for approximately 4 miles, the farm entrance will be on the right.
Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Cattlemen's Association, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Culpeper SWCD
- Low Input Crop and Livestock Production Systems Enhance Profitability -- Dr. Joe Fontenot, Extension Animal Nutritionist, will discuss conventional and sustainable crop/livestock systems that enhance cattle performance, reduce forage management cost, improving long-term soil productivity and minimizing undesirable environmental impact. The most economical feed for the cow-calf producer is grass. Through the use of a variety of different legumes and grasses, the producer can improve the forage quality for greater animal performance and extend the grazing season.
- Proper Management Enhances Beef Quality and Product Value -- Bill McKinnon, Animal Science Specialist at Virginia Tech, will discuss how the use of proper management techniques can reduce stress in animals, thus; reduce sickness, less treatment cost, avoids residue potential, less injection damage, and more economical calf performance.
- Animal Health Working Demonstrations -- Dr. Patrick Comyn, DVM, Virginia Herd Health Management, will discuss health programs for cow-calf herds and demonstrate a bull breeding exam.
- Targeted Breeding Equals Customer Satisfaction -- Dr. Scott Greiner, Animal Science Specialist at Virginia Tech, will demonstrate and discuss how targeted breeding can produce a product that the feedlot manager, packer, food service provider, and ultimate consumer will be satisfied with and willing to pay more for.
- Responsible Culling Improves Herd Productivity and Efficiency -- Dr. John Hall, Animal Science Specialist at Virginia Tech, will show you how to give your cow "employees" their "annual review" for the "seven quality checks" to help aid you with your culling decision.
- Winter Feeding Options to Promote Herd Health and Improve Water Quality -- Jim Byrne, Chairman, Culpeper SWCD, will discuss winter feeding options to promote herd health and improve water quality, funds available for cost share, and practices that qualify for the state tax credit. Glenn Martin, from the Virginia Department of Agriculture, will discuss water issues associated with the Agriculture Stewardship Act.
- Trade Show -- The latest in new farm equipment will be on display as well as exhibits by representatives of the agricultural industry, including information on cost share opportunities for your farming operation. All participants will have the opportunity for a tour stop at the trade show.
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