The Waupaca County Forage Council, a local affiliate of the Midwest Forage Association (MFA), invites area farmers and other interested Ag professionals to attend their upcoming annual Winter meeting on Thursday, February 13 at Bear Lake Resort, located on Hwy 22/110 two miles south of Manawa. The program begins at 10:00 a.m.
Greg Blonde, Waupaca County Extension Agriculture Agent and Matt Akins, UW-Madison Extension Dairy Specialist, will start the program off with a summary from their field demonstration project last year exploring yield, quality and production cost differences between corn silage, annual ryegrass, a forage “cocktail” mix and alfalfa. Troy Brown, Form-A-Feed Forage Specialist, will follow with a presentation about “little things” dairy and beef farmers can do to get the most from their forage crops/inventory. MFA will give an update on their activities and events during lunch, followed by an open Q&A from the morning presentations.
Following a short business meeting, local Forage Council members will participate in the annual fund raising auction of donated items worth at least $50 each. Proceeds from the auction support local research/demonstration projects and educational activities.
Registration is free to all Waupaca County Forage Council members or those who pay their membership dues ($45) at the door. Although anyone is welcome to attend, non-forage council members pay $10 at the door for lunch and are not eligible to participate in the auction. Keep in mind members, including anyone who joins that day, not only get their meal covered and participate in the auction, but also receive a coupon book worth hundreds of dollars from industry sponsors, the bi-monthly Forage Focus magazine, monthly email updates called “clippings”, and a website for “member-only” featuring past forage production management articles and research summaries.
To register, contact Dana in the Waupaca County Extension Office at email@example.com or 715-258-6231 by Monday, February 10.