Year-round Pasture Production and Sustainable Grazing Management

June 8, 2013
431 County Road 540, Selma, AL

Ruminant livestock production in Alabama is based on pasture. Highly productive and quality pasture persisting throughout a year or most of the year is important for profitable livestock enterprises. Most of the livestock producers in Alabama have warm-season perennial pastures that produce from May to October and have negligible or no production from November to April, when farmers need to invest considerably on supplementary feedstuffs such as hay, agricultural byproducts, and commercially prepared feeds to sustain their livestock. Feeding supplement for 5-6 months each year is not cost-effective. The purpose of this field day is to educate and demonstrate Extension professionals and livestock producers on developing and managing year-round pasture system. This field day will be conducted on a goat producer’s farm, which has been involved in developing year-round pasture and managing the pasture with rotational grazing system. Participants will be able to see and experience how their livestock production system can be improved, and apply the similar system on their farms.
Click here for a copy of the Agenda.

Major topics/activities
• Forage establishment and grazing management
• Supplementary feeding
• Economic benefits of year-round pastures
• Is year-round pasture good for producers?
• NRCS support for pasture improvement and grazing management
• Field visit and hands-on activities: collect and composite soil samples, identify different forages, measure the forage height and calculate the available biomass, tour the site, observe planting equipment, fencing, and facilities (shelter, watering, and feeding)
• Participant discussion, feedback, and evaluation

Registration fee: None
Pre-registration is required for the management purpose. Click here for registration form.

Please reserve your place today by sending registration form to: Ms. Yvonne Wright, 201 Morrison-Mayberry Hall, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program, Tuskegee, AL 36088. Alternatively, you can email or fax the registration form to Ms. Wright at wright@mytu.tuskegee.edu, fax: 334-727-8812.

Driving direction from Montgomery:
Take I-65 N/US-82 W/AL-6 W toward Birmingham, Take EXIT 179 toward US-82 W/Millbrook/Prattville, Turn left onto US-82 W/Cobbs Ford Rd/AL-6 W, Turn left onto US-82 W/AL-6 W, Turn left onto AL-14/Selma Hwy. Continue to follow AL-14, Turn right onto Selfield Rd, Turn left onto CR-245, Take the 1st right onto CR-540 and continue to the farm (there will be Field day sign).
Driving direction from Demopolis:
Take US-80 E/AL-8 E towards Selma, US-80 E/AL-8 E becomes AL-14 E, Turn left onto Selfield Rd, Turn left onto CR-245, Take the 1st right onto CR-540 and continue to the farm (there will be Field day sign). .

Contacts for further information:
1. Dr. Uma Karki, 334-421-2139, karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu
2. Mr. Alphonso Elliott, 334-421-1579, awelliott@mytu.tuskegee.edu
3. Mr. Gregory Scott, 334-872-6196, scott3252@att.net