Cattle, Forage Tour Slated For March 21

Bruce Schultz  |  3/16/2007 12:44:17 AM

News Release Distributed 03/15/07

CADE – A March 21 tour for cattle and forage producers will include remarks from a variety of experts, as well as pasture and forage demonstrations.

Sponsored by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council and Pennington Seed Co., the event will begin with registration at 4 p.m. March 21 at the ULL Cade Farm located off La. Highway 92 between St. Martinville and Cade.

At the first stop of the tour, LSU AgCenter forage specialist Dr. Ed Twidwell and LSU AgCenter county agent Stan Dutile of Lafayette Parish will discuss ryegrass and clover varieties.

In addition, Dr. Alan DeRamus, ULL renewable resources professor, and Mark Simon, Cade Farm manager, will demonstrate growing ryegrass and clover on a prepared seedbed. DeRamus and Val Ryan of Pennington Seed also will discuss fescue and clover as part of the tour.

During the evening meal, which will be part of the event, speakers will include Dr. David Bade, Texas A&M forage professor, who will talk about soil fertility economics. Dr. Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter economist, also will discuss the effects of the ethanol industry on livestock producers.

The tour and other activities will conclude with meetings of several parish boards of directors for the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, including those in Lafayette, Iberia and St. Martin parishes.

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Writer: Bruce Schultz at (337) 788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

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