As part of the ongoing goal to produce high-quality forages, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Iowa State University (ISU) and Lallemand Animal Nutrition are teaming up to offer a one-day Silage for Beef Cattle Conference on Friday June 17 for producers, nutrition consultants and extension personnel.

The conference is being held at the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building at the UNL Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, Neb. The agenda features eight presenters from UNL, ISU, Kansas State University and Lallemand Animal Nutrition. They are each experts in their respective fields, speaking about the different aspects of silage production, which include:

  • Corn silage fermentation process— Dr. Bob Charley, Lallemand Animal Nutrition
  • Silage shrink and methods to control losses—Dr. Keith Bolsen, Kansas State University
  • Impact of silage inoculation—Dr. Renato Schmidt, Lallemand Animal Nutrition  
  • Optimizing corn silage harvest for quality and yield—Dr. Jim MacDonald, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Evaluation of silages, and what a feed test means for good vs. bad silage—Dr. Dan Loy, Iowa State University
  • Use of corn silage in growing programs and protein considerations—Dr. Andrea Watson, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
  • Feeding programs for silage, silage hybrid, and harvest time impact on performance—Dr. Galen Erickson and Henry Hilscher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Economics of silage use and proper pricing—Dr. Terry Klopfenstein and Henry Hilscher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, and will adjourn by 4 p.m. If attendees register at the Iowa Beef Center website on or before Monday, June 13, the conference is free of charge. If people are unavailable to attend the conference, the partners are offering a free live-stream option, which can also be found at the Iowa Beef Center website.