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November 11, 2005   Email to Friend 

Top cattlemen among speakers at Dec. 15 event
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
November 11, 2005

TROY, AL. -- Colorado rancher and consultant Kit Pharo and Alabama cattleman Leo Hollinger of Wilcox County will be among the speakers at the 2005 Alabama Forage Conference Dec. 15 at the Pike County Cattlemen's Association building on U.S. 231 just east of Troy.

Pharo, known for his strong opinions on what is needed for a profitable livestock operation, is a highly sought-after conference speaker. Hollinger, one of the state's leading beef cattle producers, will discuss how forage crops work for him in his Coastal Plain cattle operation.

Dr. Don Ball, a forage agronomist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said the conference is expected to be one of the best one-day seminars of the year.

"At this conference, livestock producers will have an excellent chance to hear the latest research and information on forages and grazing management from some of the nation's top authorities," said Ball.

Other speakers will include Dr. Mike McCormick of Louisiana State University; Florida rancher George Owens; Dr. Garry Lacefield, an agronomist with the University of Kentucky; Florida peanut producers Doug Mayor and Kevin Campbell; and wildlife management consultant Dr. Ron Haaland.

Producers will hear about silvopasture production (producing trees and livestock on the same land) and also the potential for perennial peanuts as a forage crop in the state.

The conference will feature vendor exhibits related to forage and beef cattle production.

Registration is $10 per person before Dec. 1 and $20 per person after Dec. 1. To register, send name, address and registration fee to: Dr. Mary Goodman, Funchess Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849. Checks should be made payable to the Alabama Forage and Grassland Coalition. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Ball at (334) 844-5491 or dball@aces.edu.

The agenda:

8 - 9 a.m. -- Exhibits open

9 -9:10 a.m. -- Welcome & Introductions

9:10-9:20 a.m. -- "Running A Successful Cattle Operation," Kit Pharo, Colorado rancher, speaker & consultant

10:20-10:50 -- Break

10:50-11:25 a.m. -- "Round Bale Silage & Other Forage Preservation Research," Dr. Mike McCormick, Louisiana State University

11:25-Noon -- "My Experience with Silvopasture," George Owens, Chipley, Fla., livestock and timber producer

Noon-1:30 -- Lunch -- "Attitudes of Gratitude," Dr. Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky

1:30-2 p.m. -- "Establishment and Management of Perennial Peanut," Doug Mayor and Kevin Campbell, Florida county agents

2-2:30 p.m. -- Break

2:30-3 p.m. -- "Alternative Enterprises for Livestock Farms," Dr. Ron Haaland, Wildlife Management Consultant

3-3:30 p.m. -- "How Forage Crops Work for Me," Leo Hollinger, Wilcox County livestock producer

3:30-4 p.m. -- "Keys to a Profitable Forage Program," Dr. Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky

4-5 p.m. -- Exhibits open

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