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Grazing conference offers livestock producers lots to chew on
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — An annual conference focusing on various aspects of using land for grazing takes place Jan. 25-26 at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City, Ky.

The Heart of America Grazing Conference is geared toward livestock producers looking to make their pastures better. Conference sessions will cover grazing issues associated with beef cattle, dairy cows, horses and goats; forages; and watering systems.

The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service is among 16 universities and agricultural organizations sponsoring the conference.

“This multi-state planned conference will provide information that will help livestock producers make improvements to grazing systems on their farms,” said Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist. “More efficient production from animals grazing the pasture should be an expectation if the information learned is put into practice.”

The conference opens with a 6 p.m. dinner and program on Jan. 25. Ed Ballard, a grazing specialist from Illinois, will answer the question, “Can We Graze Year-round in the Heart of America?” General sessions and breakout sessions are scheduled all day on Jan. 26.

Conference registration is $15 per person per day or $25 per person for both days. A conference brochure with a registration form can be downloaded by logging onto and then clicking on the conference link under “Upcoming Forage Events.”

Cave City is located off I-65 in south-central Kentucky. For lodging information, contact the Cave City Tourist and Convention Commission at 800-346-8908 or visit

Published in the January 11, 2006 issue of Farm World.