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Northwest Illinois grazing conference

00:00AM Oct 20, 2008

The Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference is planned for Monday, December 8, 2008, at Highland Community College, Freeport, IL. The conference will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Jim Gerrish, national known grazier and grazing specialist, will provide the keynote address on how grazing competes with high commodity and energy prices.

Dave Forgey, who grazes 250 dairy cows on 350 acres near Logansport, Indiana; and Dr. Alan Miller, University of Illinois Beef Cattle Specialist, who, along with family members, operates a 140 cow purebred Angus beef operation on 90 rotational grazed acres near Gridley, Illinois, are also on the program.

Conference topics to be covered include a virtual tour and discussion of each guest presenter's farming operations, dollars and sense of feed resources, how to manage legumes and residual grazing heights, and lessons learned in grazing. The event also includes an exhibitor fair with numerous commercial and agency representatives sharing information about programs, products and services targeted to livestock graziers in Northwest Illinois and the greater Tri-State area.

Early registration fee, which includes workshop materials, is $30 if received by December 1. For late registrations and walk-ins, the fee increases to $50 per person. To register or to obtain a flyer or more information on the workshop, contact your local Extension office or Jo Daviess County Extension at 815-858-2273. On-line registration can also be done via the Jo-Carroll Unit website at which offers a credit card payment option.

Jim Morrison 815/397-7714