Livestock producers and horse owners can learn how to make "Hay That Pays" at the 2017 University of Missouri Extension regional hay school, March 18 in Kirksville, Mo.
"Attendees of this class will be able to decide if making their own hay and balage is an economically sound decision for their farming operation," says MU Extension agronomy specialist Valerie Tate. The six-hour noncredit course covers all aspects of hay production. The course is geared toward producers who already have their own hay production equipment or have hay custom-harvested on their land.
Tate says the program will help growers learn about what kinds of forages are best suited for hay in northern Missouri. They will also learn what kind of hay meets the nutritional needs of livestock
Other topics include supplements to hay, hay tests, the economics of fertilizing hayfields, what makes good balage and more.
Tate says forage growers will learn how to reduce losses when storing and feeding hay. They will discuss whether making hay is profitable for their operation.
The event is at the MU Extension Center in Adair County, 503 E. Northtown Road, Kirksville.
Tate suggests preregistration by March 10. There is a $40 fee. Call MU Extension in Adair County at 660-665-9866 for more information or to register.