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Beef management school and forages lab in February

STEUBENVILLE — Whether you are a beginning or experienced producer — or somewhere in between — there is something for you at the Jefferson and Harrison Beef Management School, according to Erika Lyon, agriculture and natural resources educator, Ohio State University Extension, Jefferson and Harrison counties.

This year’s Beef Management School will consist of two sessions, both running from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A new component this year is the forages lab, a hands-on workshop where producers will learn about pasture renovation, forage identification –so you know that what you seeded was actually what grew — and hay testing, Lyon said.

“The school will be a great opportunity to learn about the latest in production and management for beef producers in the Tri-State Area,” she said. Featured issues and topics will be on improving forage and hay quality, reproductive efficiency, manure setbacks and storage, and ticks of concern for cattle.

The schedule is:

– Feb. 4: Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, 1509 county Hwy 22A, Bloomingdale, “Improving Reproductive Efficiency,” OSU Large Animal Services Team; “The Hidden Costs of Moldy Feed (and How to Prevent It),” Lyon; and “Livestock Tick Update.”

– Feb. 11: Harrison County Fairgrounds, Commercial Building, 550 Grant St, Cadiz, “Improving Hay Quality for Cattle,” Ted Wiseman, OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources, Perry County; “Manure Application Rates and Setbacks,” Glen Arnold, associate professor, field specialist, manure nutrient management at Ohio State University; and “Manure Storage Options and Composting,” Amy Boyer, natural resource engineer, Ohio Department of Agriculture. Options for cost share on manure facilities also will be discussed.

The forages lab will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Edison High School in Richmond in the vocational ag classroom from 7-9pm. During the workshop, participants will go through the process of identifying common grasses and legumes found in pastures and hay fields and learn how identification is an important component of pasture renovation. Forages covered include, but are not limited to, timothy, orchardgrass, fescue, clovers and birdsfoot trefoil. “We also will demonstrate how to collect a good forage sample and how to read the lab report to determine quality of hay,” Lyon said of the workshop to be co-hosted by the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District and Edison FFA.

The cost of each session of the beef management school and the forage lab is $5 per person, and there is no charge for youth who attend. A meal will be provided at all sessions. Pre-registration is required one week prior to each session, and payment is due with registration.

Send registration to OSU Extension, Jefferson County, 500 Market St, Suite 512, Steubenville, OH, 43952. Contact Lyon at (740) 264-2212 with questions or for information.

For information on Jefferson and Harrison Extension programs, visit jefferson.osu.edu or harrison.osu.edu.

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