In 2018 KFGC will host two summer field days. The Western KY field day is August 7 from 2:30 to 6:30 in Ballard County. The Eastern KY field day is at the Morehead State University farm September 6 from 4:30 to 8:00. More details on the eastern field day in the August issue of Forage News.
“This year’s Western KY field day features an innovative grazing operation that has implemented rotational stocking, uses novel forages for both summer and winter months and has selected animals that perform well in their all forage environment,” said Chris Teutsch, UK extension forage specialist. “This will be one of the best field days in 2018.”
During the western KY event, participants will tour the farm, which is owned and operated by Toby and Debby Dulworth. The Dulworths run about 300 head of Hereford cattle. Over the years, they have implemented innovative grazing techniques, so the herd is raised entirely on pasture. The Dulworths have direct marketed their local, grass-finished beef since 2003, and it is now the farm’s major enterprise.
Event participants will visit a farm-scale demonstration that features 12 warm-season annual grasses and mixtures, see how improved crabgrass varieties work on Dogwood Farm, tour a 30-year-old eastern gamagrass stand, learn about fencing and watering improvements, and hear how the farm finishes and markets beef on an all-forage diet.
Pre-registration for the western field day is required. Participants can register online or contact Christi Forsythe at 270-365-7541, ext. 221. The cost to attend is $10 payable on the day of the event. The full schedule and a flyer is available on the UK Forage Website.