Winter grazing and alternatives

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 18, 2000

We have been publicizing the upcoming meeting on Winter Grazing and Alternative Feeds for Beef Cattle.

We encourage cattleman to take advantage of this opportunity to receive much needed information and a free meal.

The meeting will cover planting winter grazing, soil fertility, and alternative feed sources for beef cattle.

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It will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Georgiana National Guard Armory.

The meeting will begin with a meal co-sponsored by the Quality Cooperative of Greenville (Ralph Ricks, Manager) and the Farmer's Favorite Fertilizer of Evergreen (Charles Grant, Sales Manager).

Extension Specialists from Auburn University will present the program.

Dr. Don Ball, Extension Agronomist, will cover planting winter grazing; Dr. Charles Mitchell, Extension Agronomist, will cover soil fertility and soil testing; Dr. Darrell Rankins, Extension Animal Scientist, will cover alternative feed sources for beef cattle.

With the extremely dry spring and summer, the topics should be very informative for many cattle producers faced with little or no hay to feed this fall and winter.

Producers are forced to look at alternative sources of feed and winter grazing to get by until next spring.

Those interested in attending should contact the Greenville Extension office by October 16.

The meal will be catered and the number of meals will be ordered on that date.

The Butler county Office phone number is 334/382-5111.

Just tell the secretary that you plan to attend and she will put your name on the list.

Second Master Cattlemen Class In Progress

The second Master Cattlemen class for Butler County began October 3.

Participating are Harold Palmer, Stacey Black, and Thomas H. Brown from Georgiana; Ted Wallhofer and Tom Crenshaw of Greenville; and Nicholas Brown of McKenzie.

The class is meeting Tuesday nights through November 14.

Topics being covered include

Selection for Optimum Genetics, Cattle Marketing, Reproductive Management, Health and Handling Facilities, Quality/Yield Grades, Forage Systems, and Beef Cattle Nutrition

Winter Grazing article is issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work in agriculture and home economics.

Included are acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, and other related acts, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) offers educational programs, materials, and equal opportunity employment to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status or disability.