Regional hay school offered Oct. 14 in Linn

LINN, Mo. – Livestock producers and horse owners can learn how to make “Hay That Pays” at the University of Missouri Extension regional hay school Oct. 14 in Linn.

The event runs 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Community Christian Church, 1598 U.S. Highway 50, Linn.

Attendees will be able to decide if making their own hay and balage is right for their farming operations, says MU Extension livestock specialist Anita Ellis.

This seven-hour noncredit course covers many aspects of hay and balage production, she says. The course focuses on cattle producers who may already have their own hay equipment or have hay custom-harvested on their land.

Topics include nutritional requirements for hay for livestock, supplements to hay, hay tests, the economics of fertilizing hayfields, reducing loss when storing, what makes good balage and more. Attendees will learn how to cut, rake, ted and bale hay.

Ellis says forage growers will learn how to reduce losses when storing and feeding hay. They will discuss whether making hay is profitable for their operation.

An implement showcase will display the latest hay equipment, Ellis says. Products and services from sponsors will be available for viewing.

Osage County 4-H Teen Exchange will cater lunch.

To receive lunch and materials, register by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Registration forms and directions are at MU Extension Callaway County.

For more information, contact Ellis at 573-642-0755 or Details also are available from local MU Extension centers.