Mark your calendars now for the Ohio Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management School, targeted for anyone raising, feeding, or marketing any class of beef cattle. Session 1 (6-9:00 p.m. January 29th at Luckey Farmers Inc. main office in Sandusky County, and January 30th at the OSU Newark Campus in Licking County) will feature former OSU research nutritionist and current University of Georgia Department of Animal Sciences Chair, Dr. Francis Fluharty discussing the use of small grains, by-product feeds, and cover crop forages in both feedlot and beef cow diets. Session 2 (February 12th in Sandusky County, and February 13th in Licking County, both 6-9:00 p.m.) will feature talks by OSU Extension Educators on marketing strategies, feeding and managing for carcass quality, forage testing, and managing annual forages for grazing and hay. Click this link for flyer and registration information. Ohio Beef Cattle Nutrition
The Ohio State University Extension Beef Team also plans to hold a hands-on, Ohio Beef Cow/Calf workshop at the Claylick Run Farm Sale Facility outside of Newark, in Licking County. This workshop will be held from 10 a.m – 2:00 p.m., including lunch, with 2 different sessions, January 30th, and February 13th. Session 1 will focus on alternative feeds and forages, and managing beef brood cow nutrition, with discussion led by Dr. Francis Fluharty. Session 2 will focus on herd health and reproduction with Dr. Les Anderson from the University of Kentucky and Dr. Foster Anderson with Bailey Veterinary Clinic, and will include live demonstrations from OSU Extension Beef Team members on body condition scoring, bull breeding soundness evaluation, and semen handling. Click this link for flyer and registration information. Ohio Beef CowCalf Workshop
I encourage you to make it a day and attend both meetings. Hang out with fellow cattlemen in between sessions or go home and do chores in between the two sessions.