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Art of Good Hay Still Vital for Profitability

02 April 2013

US - With better hay, it’s possible to reduce or eliminate feeding cubes and other supplements

This is the message of Agrilife specialists in Texas who are preparing for the Hay Workshop at Overton.

Held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton, registration for the training is $60, and includes lunch, break refreshments and program materials.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with check in and picking up of program materials. The workshop will adjourn at 5 p.m.

In contrast to 2011, hay supplies are adequate in East Texas, but producers still need to pay close attention to the quality, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton.

“Over the last 10 to 20 years, many producers have gotten into the habit of purchasing or producing lower-quality hay and relying on feeding (protein) cubes or other supplements,” said Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton.

“By paying more attention to hay quality, producers can reduce or even eliminate the need to feed cubes and other supplements that have greatly increased in price over the last few years.”

Two continuing education units will be offered to Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide license holders — one in the general category and one in integrated pest management.

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