Livestock producers can learn to shave dollars off expensive winter feeding during the 300 Days of Grazing field day Nov. 18 at the Southwest Research and Extension Center’s cow and calf area near Perrytown.

The 300 Days of Grazing program is sponsored by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture to help producers improve their forage systems. The program is based on demonstrating eight management practices. The program fits both small and large operations as well as for horses and small ruminants.

The program runs from rom 3 to 7 p.m. Participants can register for the event by calling Sherri Pote at 870-777-9702, extension 100. Supper will be provided at the field day.

"Winter feed costs are often the most expensive part of cattle input costs. Using best management practices and complimentary forages can reduce supplementation and stored feed costs with little or no impact on animal performance,” said Paul Beck, professor-Animal Science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The agenda features speakers from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture:

  • Kenny Simon, animal science program associate, will talk about fencing requirements for rotational grazing.
  • John Jennings, professor-forage, will present stockpiling bermudagrass and complimentary forages.
  • Beck will talk about cattle management in rotational grazing and the economics of these extended grazing systems.
  • Shane Gadberry, associate professor-ruminant nutrition, will talk about matching forage quality to animal nutrient requirements.

The program’s managers say that producers may not always achieve a grazing season of 300 days during their first year, but they can get closer to the goal with each practice they adopt. Continual planning of forage management practices at least one season ahead can influence the availability of forage.

More information about the grazing program is available at http://www.uaex.edu/farm-ranch/animals-forages/pastures/grazing-management.aspx.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.