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Dairy Forage Seminar Schedule Announced

August 26, 2013

Seven forage seminars offered at 2013 World Dairy Expo.

Source: World Dairy Expo

Dairy forage growers are invited to attend the World Forage Analysis Superbowl Dairy Forage Seminars Oct. 2 through Oct. 5 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

Industry experts will present a series of educational programs geared towards assisting farmers with improved forage growing, storage and feeding techniques. These seminars are included with World Dairy Expo admission and will take place on the Dairy Forage Stage, in the Arena Building, near the World Analysis Forage Superbowl displays.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

10 a.m. - Differences in Making Alfalfa and Grass Silage

Dan Undersander, Research and Extension Agronomist

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wis.

When high-quality grass silage is the goal, it’s important to remember that there are differences between making grass silage versus alfalfa silage. Forage Extension specialist Dan Undersander will discuss a number of these differences and make recommendations for good grass silage in tubes, bunkers, and wrapped bales.

1:30 p.m. - Reducing Heat Damage in Hay and Haylage

Dan Undersander, Research and Extension Agronomist

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wis.

Much hay is put up too wet, which results in heating and a loss in total digestible nutrients (TDN). Minimizing these losses will improve feed quality and reduce the amount of concentrate needed. Forage Extension specialist Dan Undersander gives some pointers on how to reduce heat damage.

Thursday, Oct. 3

10 a.m. - Using Forage Fiber Analyses to get the Most from Your Cows

Rick Grant, President

William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, N.Y.

Are you analyzing forages for physically effective fiber and fiber digestibility? Both are important for creating high-forage, low-grain diets that support high milk production. Rick Grant will discuss methods of fiber analysis and the desired nutrient and digestibility profiles to improve the response of your cows to forage in the diet.

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