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Regional Hay School Starts Here March 5

Registration for this Extension Program Needed Today

AVA – Southwest Missouri hay producers will have an opportunity to improve their hay making skills by attending a three-day hay school in Douglas County from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 5, 12 and 19 at the Douglas County Livestock Auction located on Hwy. 5 South at Squires.

“There is a lot at stake when making hay and many things to consider to make it worth the effort and to be profitable,” said Tim Schnakenberg, a University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist who will lead three sessions.

This seven-hour, non-credit course is specifically designed for livestock and horse producers who may already have their own hay equipment or have hay custom harvested on their land. All aspects of hay and balage production will be covered.

Conference speakers will address which forages are best for this region, nutritional requirements for cows and horses, supplements, hay tests, from cutting to baling hay, fertility management, hay economics, and hay storage.

“Attending a hay school is an important management tool to insure that you are getting the most out of you land, time, and hay equipment,” says Menjoulet.

There is a fee of $30 to attend the program and registration is required by Thursday, Feb. 28 and can be made by calling the Douglas County Extension office at 417-683-4409. A minimum of 15 enrollments are needed in order to hold the class.

“For the price of one bale of hay, this program will give you the fundamental knowledge you need to be more profitable with your hay production,” said Angie Fletcher, the county program director of Douglas County Extension.

In addition to the Douglas County Extension Council, other sponsors of this hay school include the Douglas County Livestock Auction and the Douglas County Soil and Water Board.

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