Agricultural News: Fall Field Day is September 11th

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   On September 11th we will have a Field Day at Haggard Farm from 9am to 2pm. The morning session will be an on-farm, low-stress cattle handling demonstration on horseback, taught by UT’s low-stress handling “guru” himself, Kevin Thompson, Director of Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Learning how cattle respond to our movements and our working facility designs can help us to have a safer, more enjoyable experience when handling our livestock. Lunch will be provided after this session.

   The afternoon session will be a grazing school taught by Dr. Katie Mason, UT Beef Specialist, which will cover a variety of topics, including grazing management, determining stocking rate, and visiting a rotational versus continuous grazing demonstration. While this will be geared more towards beef cattle, it will be applicable to all livestock producers. This session will be highly beneficial for producers because feed costs are one of our biggest expenses. Our cheapest and best feed resource is a good, healthy stand of grass. This program is designed to help producers learn the tools to become better “grass farmers.”

   We appreciate our sponsors (Wayne County Bank, Wayne Farmer’s Co-Op, and Lawrence/Wayne County Cattleman’s Association), this event is free, though pre-registration is required by September 2nd.  You can register by calling our office at 931-722-3229 or e-mailing Megan Harris at mdharris@utk.edu.

This field day will be a great educational and networking opportunity for our producers. I hope to see you there! Please contact our office with any questions you may have about this program and to register.