SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Southwest Missouri hay producers will have an opportunity to improve their hay making skills by attending a hay school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 14 at the Fair Grove Lions Club, 142 S. Orchard Blvd., Fair Grove.

“There is a lot at stake when making hay and many things to consider to make it worth the effort and to be profitable,” said Brie Menjoulet, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist.

This six-hour, non-credit course is specifically designed for livestock and horse producers who may already have their own hay equipment or have hay custom harvested on their land.  All aspects of hay and balage production will be covered.

The program will focus on topics such as the economics of hay production, forage options, hay quality issues and testing, fertility management (including the use of poultry litter), balage management, hay storage and feeding to keep losses low, as well as nutritional needs of cows and horses.

“Attending a hay school is an important management tool to insure that you are getting the most out of you land, time, and hay equipment,” says Menjoulet.

The program registration and fee (lunch will be served) are due by Wednesday, April 11. For more information, or to register, visit the Greene County Extension, at 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo., call the center at 417-881-8909 or access the event brochure and registration form online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.


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