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West Florida Winter Forage and Wildlife Food Plot Tour – March 3

Photo Credit, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension

Choosing the Right Cool-season Forage

Many different grasses, legumes, and forage blends are used for winter grazing and wildlife food plots. The livestock producer or wildlife enthusiast must choose forages that are best adapted to the soil and climatic conditions at his/her location.

Cattle, horse, and small ruminant producers and wildlife enthusiasts from Northwest Florida & surrounding areas are invited to attend the “2017 Winter Forage & Wildlife Food Plot Tour” to be held on Friday, March 3rd. The meeting will be hosted by UF/IFAS Extension, Santa Rosa & Escambia Counties, at the West Florida Research and Education Center (4253 Experiment Drive Hwy 182 Jay, FL 32565). The event will begin with a sponsored lunch from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm (CST), followed by the Field Tour from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. The tour will give you a bird’s eye view of 40 different forage varieties & blends in a side-by-side comparison.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Cool season forage quality
  • Winter grazing as the main source of feed for the cow herd
  • Limit grazing practices
  • Winter forage as a protein and energy supplement
  • Efficient use of these forages for younger animals

Here is a link to download and print the program flier with further details: Winter Forage & Wildlife Food Plot Tour 2017

To ensure adequate meal preparation please RSVP by Wednesday, March 1st by contacting Bethany at 850-675-6654 bethanydiamond@ufl.edu or Libbie at 850-475-5230 libbiej@ufl.edu.

Want more information on cool-season forages?  Read this article, previously published in Panhandle Ag e-News:  2016 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida

 

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Author: John Doyle Atkins - srcextag@ufl.edu

John Doyle Atkins is the Agricultural Agent in Santa Rosa County.

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/17/west-florida-winter-forage-and-wildlife-food-plot-tour-march-3/