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August 23, 2012

Webinar to help guide beef producers through the drought

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Navigating the worst drought in decades will be toughest for the livestock sector, but beef producers who do so successfully could find profitable days ahead, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says.

An Aug. 30 Purdue Extension webinar titled "Beef Strategies to Survive the Drought of 2012 and Prosper" will help producers do just that. The free webinar will run 7-9 p.m.

"All indicators point to a prosperous future for beef cow-calf producers if they can just find solutions to this year's short forage supply and escalating feed cost," Ron Lemenager said.

Some of the topics will involve responsible culling to save the most productive cows; early weaning to reduce cow nutrient requirements and dry matter intake; strategies to stretch forage supplies, such as limiting access time to hay; use of traditional, non-traditional and alternative feeds; late-season forage options; strategies for using potentially high nitrate feeds; and value-added marketing.

Participants with high-speed Internet connections can connect to the webinar via a kiosk at the Purdue Beef website at http://www.thebeefcenter.com/. The kiosk will be open from noon Aug. 29 until 3 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 30 to test and confirm that individual computer equipment and Internet service are compatible with the webinar. Participants must log on during that time to preregister. Troubleshooting will be available.

Instructions and more information are available at the same website.

Those unable to connect from home should contact their local Purdue Extension county offices to arrange a viewing location. County office contact information is available at http://www.extension.purdue.edu/

Writer: Jennifer Stewart, 765-494-6682, jsstewar@purdue.edu

Source: Ron Lemenager, 765-494-4817, rpl@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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