Forages are an important component of any ruminant livestock operation and producing quality stored forages impacts the bottom line. The 2015 Stored Forage Production School will focus on planting, harvesting, storing and feeding high quality forage feedstuffs. Ohio State University researchers, specialists and Extension educators will present new and current research in the area of forage genetics, use and management of annual forage crops, cutting/harvest management, hay making process, silage production, forage fertility and forage evaluation will be presented. The school will cover new technologies being used in forage production and take a look at the economics involved in stored forage production. Although the emphasis will be on forages and stored forage production for dairy operations, beef and sheep producers as well as commercial hay producers will also benefit from attending the school.

The stored forage production school will be held on Wednesday afternoons in January from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm on January 7, 13, 21 and 28. The school will utilize a webinar format to broadcast the sessions to multiple counties throughout the state simultaneously. There will be time allowed for discussion and questions following each presentation. To date the County Extension offices that have agreed to serve as host sites are: Adams, Brown or Highland (one location TBD in that 3 county area), Ashtabula, Coshocton, Greene, Licking, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Pickaway, Pike, Sandusky and Wayne Counties.

Pre-registration for the stored forage production school is requested by contacting the County Extension location that you choose to attend. The will be a registration fee which includes a notebook of the presentations and additional supplementary material. More details for each location will be available as the date of the January 7th school session approaches.