Agriculture News

January 19, 2018

Livestock producers to address forage council meeting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As part of its annual meeting and seminar on Feb. 19, the Indiana Forage Council (IFC) has invited two forage-livestock producers to discuss their successful use of different forages in their beef cattle operations.

Josh Cox, a farmer in Tippecanoe County, will discuss how his parents and he have implemented grazing cover crops as a way to improve soil health for their row crops and as a way to rest their permanent pastures. Cox customizes his cover crop mix to provide quality forage for the beef cattle and to reduce compaction and add organic matter to his soils.

Dave Fischer, the Indiana Forage Council’s Outstanding Producer award winner in 2017, lives in Dubois County. He will discuss how he utilizes annual ryegrass and corn grown for silage to produce beef for direct marketing to retail customers. Fischer Farm’s beef is marketed to many distinctive restaurants.

Members and guests are invited to attend the presentations during the IFC’s annual meeting. The annual meeting will be held Feb. 19 at the Abe Martin Lodge which is located within Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana. The annual meeting for members and anyone interested starts at 4:30 p.m. and is followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The seminar, featuring Cox and Fischer, begins at 7 p.m.

Participation in the annual meeting is not required for participation in the dinner and seminar. The cost to attend the dinner and seminar is $20. Attendees are requested to RSVP by Feb. 12 to Jason Tower at towerj@purdue.edu or 812-678-4427.

Media contact: Darrin Pack, 765-494-2722, dpack@purdue.edu 

Source: Keith Johnson, 765-494-4800, johnsonk@purdue.edu

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