Workshop on Hay quality and nutrition management

Workshop on Hay quality and nutrition management: Managing animal feed quality and nutritional value improves livestock health and increases productivity.

Date:  September 10th (6:30pm)

Location: Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds (9608 Highway 62, Charlestown)

The health and productivity of livestock depends on feeding them properly. It is not just enough having adequate forage and hay inventory to feed the animals all through the year. The nutritional value of the forage is also important. Animal malnourishment, especially in the winter, can be avoided if animals are fed hay and silage with proper nutritional value. Knowing the nutritional value of the hay and silage can help develop rations that will ensure better productivity of livestock and, therefore, better profit margins.

The yield, quality and persistence of pastures and the forage mixes required to meet the full nutritional needs of your animals cannot be guaranteed without the knowledge required to properly sample forages submitted to a laboratory and how to correctly interpret forage quality test results.

The Clark County Extension office, in collaboration with Purdue University’s Departments of Agronomy and Animal Sciences will host a forage quality and animal nutrition management workshop on September 10th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. (Registration starts at 6:00p.m.). This workshop will have value to anyone that feeds hay and/or silage to livestock and horses.

The workshop will be moderated by Dr. Keith Johnson and Dr. Nicholas Minton. Keith will discuss factors that affect forage quality, will have attendees learn how to do a sensory analysis of hay, demonstrate how to properly take a hay sample for laboratory analysis, and discuss forage quality parameters on a forage test report. Nick will talk on livestock nutrition needs and how to utilize the forage quality results to feed livestock.

Although the workshop is free and open to everyone, registration is required to attend. A minimum number is required to conduct the program. To register, or if you have questions about the workshop, please call the Clark County Extension office (812-256-4591). You may also register by sending an e-mail to

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Event Date 09-10-2019 6:30 pm
Event End Date 09-10-2019 8:00 pm

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