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Speakers to outline silage techniques, strategies

CLOVIS, N.M. - New Mexico State University experts and others will speak on silage - its management, dairy uses and feeding and nutrition value - at the High Plains Silage Workshop Thursday, March 22.

"Having such a workshop in this area is very important," said Mark Marsalis, Extension agronomist at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Clovis. "Forage producers and/or dairymen need to stay up to date on current issues related to the production of the nutritious feed required by dairies. Getting the highest quantity and quality of forage from the very limited amount of irrigation available is of utmost importance. This workshop will educate growers of silage on how to best achieve that goal."

Sponsored by NMSU, the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation and the Texas Cooperative Extension, the workshop will be from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at NMSU's Curry County Extension Office, 818 N. Main. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

At 8:40 a.m., Rick Kellison, of TAWC and the Floyd & Hale Cos., will speak on "The Silage Challenge - Issues for Producers and Feeders."

At 9 a.m., Marsalis will discuss "Corn and Forage Sorghum Silage Management/Small Grain Silage."

Robert Hagevoort, Extension dairy specialist at the Clovis Science Center, will present "Feeding Value and Nutrition of Silage" at 9:45 a.m.

"Silage and Dairy Farming: A Synergy for Closed Loop Systems" will be presented at 10:45 a.m. by Extension dairy specialist Victor Cabrera of the Clovis Science Center.

At 11:15 a.m., Calvin Trostle, Extension agronomist at Texas A&M University in Lubbock, will speak on "Keys to Quality Ensiling - Doing it Right and Avoiding Common Mistakes."

Lunch starts at 11:45 a.m., sponsored by ADM Laboratories of Clovis. A custom harvester question and answer session will include input from Jimenez Custom Harvesting and Hardin Custom Harvesters.

Registration, which includes lunch and handouts, is free. RSVP to (505) 985-2292, Ext. 123. To reach the workshop from U.S. 60/70/84 (Mabry and Prince), go north on Prince 0.4 mile, turn west on 7th, go 1/2 a mile to Main, turn north and the Extension Office is on the left past the courthouse.

Participants will be eligible for 3.0 continuing education units - Texas Pesticide Applicator and New Mexico/Texas Certified Crop Adviser - upon completion of the workshop.

For more information, contact the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Clovis at (505) 985-2292.

Similar topics will be discussed at the Texas Silage Workshop, set for 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Plainview, Texas. The $20 registration fee includes lunch. For more information, call (806) 291-5274.