Submitted by Mikayla Hayes, LKCD Specialist, 304-422-9088 and Brandy Brabham, WVU-Roane County Extension Agent, 304-927-0975

WVU- Roane County Extension Service and Little Kanawha Conservation District will co-host a pasture talk on Thursday, October 3, 2019 near Creston, WV on Lock Five Road. The field discussion will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Steve and Treva Full’s Farm in Wirt County.

Brandy Braham, WVU- Roane County Extension Agent will feature the new grazing trailer from WVU Extension and provide information on the pros and cons of some typically grazing tools and equipment. Brabham says, “Anything livestock producers can do to extend grazing and promote pasture and livestock health with benefit their herd and soils for this year and future growing seasons.

With area producers seeing the effects of several wet springs and early summers followed by extreme dry periods, guest speaker, Ben Goff, a WVU Extension Agent in Mason and Putnam Counties, will provide educational information for producers to consider on continency planning for forage and livestock operations.

Goff will discuss weather related grazing and feeding adjustments for livestock producers for this fall and winter feeding season. Goff has extensive experience working with grasslands and livestock systems as he previously served as a plant and soil sciences professor for the University of Kentucky for six years prior to returning to West Virginia last spring.

The Little Kanawha Conservation District will have its weed wiper on display as well as having several conservation practices that the Full family has implemented over the years that has helped them produce beef cattle more sustainably and supported their plant and soil health on the farm. Little Kanawha Conservation District Specialist, Mikayla Hayes will also provide information on how soil and forage testing could improve area producers’ profitability.

The pasture talk is located at 2326 Lock Five Road Creston, WV. To get to the Full’s farm from Elizabeth, WV, turn left onto Route 5 West. Travel 11 miles and turn right on Lock Five Road, go to the very end. Signs will be placed along the way.

Pre-registration for this event is encouraged to help with materials but are not required. Light refreshments will be provided by the Little Kanawha Conservation District. Participants are asked to bring along a chair if standing during the event is problematic. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Mikayla Hayes at 304-422-9088, ext. 122 or at Mikayla.Hayes@wv.nacdnet.net or contact Brandy Brabham at 304-927-0975 or at brandy.brabham@mail.wvu.edu.

Pasture talks are informal educational programs designed to demonstrate one or two key areas of pasture management, and to provide answers to common questions. This event is open to all area producers who rely on forage production to support theirs or others’ current or future livestock enterprises.

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