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2007 Illinois Forage Expo Set for Sept. 6 in Shelby County

Check out the demos of forage harvesting equipment and enter a hay contest for a free analysis.

The 2007 Illinois Forage Expo will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Prescott Frost Farm, located about 14 miles north of Shelbyville on Route 128 in Shelby County.

The Frost operation consists of about 150 head beef cow/calf operation, grass fed beef finishing system and 120 acres of hay. The majority of the hay acres and pastures are certified organic and also includes a pasture based poultry flock.

The Forage Expo will include field demonstrations of forage harvesting equipment and commercial displays of forage related products and equipment. Educational sessions will focus on forage establishment and management, conventional vs. organic beef production systems and the role of forages in an organic crop and livestock production system.

A Quality Hay Contest will be available for producers to enter 2007 harvested bales. Entries will be evaluated for bale density, visual assessment, crude protein, acid detergent fiber and relative feed value. There is no entry fee and NIRS analysis will be free.

The Expo will start at 9 am and conclude at 4 pm. For more information, contact Ellen Trainor, University of Illinois Extension Shelby County at 217-774-9546,  

The Forage Expo is sponsored by Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, University of Illinois Extension, Shelby County Farm Bureau, Moultrie County Soil & Water Conservation District, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and USDA Risk Management Agency.

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