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July 17, 2012

Douglas County plans livestock tour

Parsons, Kansas — Livestock behavior and health are two major concerns of livestock producers everywhere. Whether it is working cattle or horses it is important to understand animal behaviors. Animal health can play an even bigger role in the success of a livestock producers business.

Tall Fescue is a forage crop that can affect several types of grazing livestock and equine.

It currently causes problems in herds in Kansas and in surrounding states. Therefore; it is important to know how to control and manage the crop.

The Douglas County Livestock Association will host an evening field day scheduled for Thursday, August 30.

The field day will address behavioral methods and how to manage and control tall fescue.

The field day will begin at 7 p.m. at Kent Ochsner’s farm at 1870 N 100 RD, Baldwin City. The field day is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair for the field day.

The educational topics will include: Utilizing a Bud Box for Working Cattle- Kent Ochsner and John Bradley; Maximizing Your Fescue: Fescue Endophyte Facts- Bill Wood, Douglas County Extension Director; Maximizing Your Fescue: Fertilizer Management- Kent Ochsner; Maximizing Your Fescue: It Fits Well with Fall Calving- Jeff Johnson; and Maximizing Your Fescue: Stockpiling and Strip Grazing Means Less Hay Feeding- John Bradley.

Please RSVP to the Douglas County Extension Office at 785-843-7058 or bdwood@ksu.edu by August 27. For more information, or if the weather is questionable, please call 785-843-7058.

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