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Seminars To Discuss New Developments in Forage Quality

LAS CRUCES - Silage and dairy producers can learn about new developments in forage quality from an internationally recognized agronomist at "Foraging for Profitability" seminars April 10 in Portales and April 11 in Las Cruces.

Ev Thomas, agronomist and vice president of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute will speak at the seminars, which are sponsored by Monsanto Dairy Business, New Mexico State University and the Miner Institute. Thomas will discuss new definitions of forage quality, quality value and effective management to improve forage consistency and quality.

Other topics covered at the workshops include the new relative feed value equation, hybrid selection, morning versus evening alfalfa harvest, test plot evaluation, forage value, in vitro digestibility, volatile fatty acid analysis, high-chop corn silage, silage processing, particle size considerations and ensiling techniques to minimize shrink.

Growers are encouraged to bring silage samples to the seminars for a demonstration of Penn State's particle separator.
The Portales seminar will be held April 10 at The Roosevelt restaurant, located at 107 W. Second Street, at 4:00 p.m.. The Las Cruces seminar will be held at NMSU's Neale Hall Room 131 on the NMSU campus at noon. Reservations for the workshops must be made by April 2. To registration or for more information, call Kathy Bustos at (505) 646-3325.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to partipate in the meeting, please contact the presenter before the event.