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Whether you own hundreds of cows or a goat, attending the 2014 Williamson County Forage Conference will help you understand your forage options. The conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 14 at the Williamson County Extension office. The registration fee is $20 and includes lunch if the office receives it by July 8, or $30 at the door with no lunch guarantee.

Dr. Tyron Wickersham will present on how to interpret and use hay test results. Wickersham is an associate professor in the animal nutrition section of the Department of Animal Science. He is also a member of the graduate faculty. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University and his master’s degree and doctorate in ruminant nutrition from Kansas State University.

The next speaker will be Dr. Larry Redmond who will discuss hay day management. Redmondleads research in identifying and evaluating management strategies that allow beef cattle producers to reduce input costs associated with pasture management and winter feeding that increase potential for a positive cash flow from the production system.

Connie Ramirez will review non-traditional grasses, forbes and legumes that can be used successfully in this area. Ramirez is the district conservationist in Williamson County.

After lunch, Dr. Jason Johnson will cover the economics of hay and forage production. Johnsonis an associate professor and extension economist with Texas A&M University and Texas AgriLife Extension.

Dow AgroSciences Range and Pasture Specialist Haley Baumgartner will finish the program with a discussion on weed control in pastures and hay fields. She has responsibilities for Dow AgroSciences range and pasture as well as crop protection portfolio in central Texas.

The program will offer private applicator license holders three continuing education hours; one in integrated pest management and two in general category. To register contact the Williamson County Extension office at 3151 SE Inner Loop, Suite A in Georgetown or by calling 512.943.3300.

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