No. 19 Article 1/August 3, 2007

Illinois Forage Expo: September 6, 2007

The 2007 Illinois Forage Expo will be held on Thursday, September 6, at the Prescott Frost Farm in Shelby County, about 14 miles north of Shelbyville on Route 128 (look for the signs). The expo will start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be available.

The Frost operation consists of about 150 head beef cow/calf operation, a grass-fed beef finishing system, and 120 acres of hay. The majority of the hay acres and pastures are certified organic. The operation also includes a pasture-based poultry flock.

The expo will include field demonstrations of forage harvesting equipment and commercial displays of forage-related products and equipment. In addition, educational sessions will be presented that focus on forage establishment and management, conventional versus organic beef production systems, and the role of forages in an organic crop and livestock production system. Also, a quality hay contest will be available for producers to enter 2007 harvested bales. Entries will be evaluated for bale density, visual assessment, crude protein, acid detergent fiber, and relative feed value. There is no entry fee, and NIRS analysis will be conducted free of charge.

For more information about the expo, contact Ellen Trainor, University of Illinois Extension in Shelby County (217-774-9546, For information on exhibiting a commercial display, contact Chrissy Marley, Moultrie County Soil and Water Conservation District (217-728-7921, ext. 3).

The Illinois Forage Expo is sponsored by the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, University of Illinois Extension, Shelby County Farm Bureau, Moultrie County Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, and USDA Risk Management Agency.--Dale Baird

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