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Workshop for cow/calf producers in Colorado

by Julie Elliott
CSU Rangeland Management Specialist

What affect does summer-long grazing for several years have on grass species? Why do side-by-side pastures have different grasses?

Does the amount of protein a pregnant cow eats have an affect on her unborn calf? How much of what quality of feed do pregnant cows really need? Is there a relatively straight-forward way to develop a least-cost ration?

If you struggle with these questions, you are invited to attend CMSI – Yuma County (Cattle Management: Skill & Information). The workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 18 at the Laird Community Center in Laird, Colorado. Coffee and Rolls will begin from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch registrations are needed by December 10.

Often there can be remarkable differences in pastures that are right next to each other. Since rain storms don’t usually follow fence lines, the differences must be from management. If we understand how grazing management affects the plant community, we can begin to make better grazing decisions.

Research has found that protein fed to the pregnant cow can have a negative affect on the unborn calf. Protein already has a negative affect on the pocketbook. Now it is even more important to know how (not) to feed cows.

Also on the program: Alternatives to corn stalks for winter feed, grazing BT corn, the latest on animal ID (NAIS), developing least cost rations, using distillers grains, and an introduction to the Nebraska Beef Home Study.

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Registrations are needed by December 10. The workshop is sponsored by the Yuma County Conservation District, so there is no fee. A hot beef lunch will be provided.

Register by calling (970) 332-3173 ext. 3 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. You may also fax (970) 332-4425 or email Julie.Elliott@co.usda.gov any time.