The 2008 Dairy Forage Day and Fond du Lac County Forage Council Annual Meeting will offer forage producers and agricultural professionals "cutting edge" information related to forage production and utilization. It will be held Friday, Dec. 12 at the UW-Fond du Lac in the Administrative/Extension Building beginning at 10:45 a.m.
The morning program will begin with Mike Rankin, Fond du Lac County Extension crops and soils agent, who will discuss results from the Wisconsin Alfalfa Yield and Persistence project. Next, Paul Dyk, Fond du Lac County Extension dairy and livestock agent, will present some unique dairy ration alternatives for lactating cows and heifers given the current economic environment. Dr. Dave Combs, UW-Madison dairy scientist, will discuss a new protocol for testing NDF-digestibility and explain why corn silage values may look significantly different in the future.
Following lunch, Combs will present a nutritionist's case for including grass in high energy dairy rations. Finally, a panel of experienced producers will talk about their experiences with wide swath hay drying. Included on the panel will be Ricky Kratz of Slinger, Jim Fitzgerald of Newton, John Diederichs of Malone, and Bruce Verhasselt of Kaukauna.
The Fond du Lac County Forage Council is sponsoring the event. A short business meeting of the council will follow the educational session. The cost of the program is $15 per person (includes lunch and materials). Please pre-register for the meeting by Tuesday, Dec. 9 by contacting the Fond du Lac County Extension office by calling 920-929-3171. A registration form is also available on the UW Extension-Fond du Lac Co. Agronomy web site: www.uwex.edu/ces/crops/DFDay08.pdf.