Wednesday, June 30, 2010

2010 Forage Field Day

NC State University's Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, N.C. is hosting an all day Forage Field Day on July 20, 2010.

Program Agenda:

9:30 to 10:30 am
Seeding equipment demonstration and calibration of seeders

10:30 to 11:30 am
Strip grazing demonstration
Weed identification in a pasture

11:45 to 12:15 pm
Trade show

12:15 to 1 pm
Lunch (Sponsored by Carolina Farm Credit)

1 to 1:30 pm
Regulations for hauling agriculture equipment

1:30 to 2 pm
Introduction of non-demonstration vendors

2 to 3 pm
Watering systems
Soil sampling

3 to 3:45 pm
Herbicide spraying demonstrations

3:45 to 4:15 pm
Herbicide plot demonstrations

I will be taking a van from the Gaston County Cooperative Extension office to attend this event. If anybody is interested in attending and would prefer to car-pool, please contact me at 704-922-2112.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Beef Quality Assurance Training

Local beef cattle producers are invited to attend a training session on Beef Quality Assurance hosted by NC Cooperative Extension in Dallas on June 17 at 7 PM. This course covers information on safe handling and use of vaccines and other animal health products, feed management, reducing beef quality losses, safe and humane treatment of cattle, biosecurity and marketing. Producers may be recognized for having this training course when marketing their animals and feeder calf buyers are increasingly asking for BQA certification from their suppliers. BQA has been in existence for almost 10 years and has had a major impact in reducing beef quality losses across the United States.

Cattle producers interested in the Beef Quality Assurance training may participate at the Gaston County Extension office on Thursday, June 17 at 7 PM. This will include training which lasts approximately an hour and a half followed by the certification exam. Certification costs $15 and there is an additional $25 for those not currently members of the NC Cattlemen’s Association.

Attendees may pay by check only, no cash.

Please call Christine Sellers at the Gaston County Extension Office at (704) 922-2112 to register by phone so course materials can be secured.