Hay and Silage Day 2014 Harvested hay and silage are valuable products that are necessary for feeding livestock throughout Manitoba. Learn about making high quality hay and silage, managing fields, testing and storing options. When: Time: Where: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friedensfeld Community Centre Steinbach (take Hwy #12 to PTH #303, turn left and head east for 1.6 kilometers) Cost: $10 per person, $5 per child (includes lunch) Registration: Register before Friday, June 6 by calling Steinbach GO Office at 204-346-6080. Registration, coffee and displays begin at 9:00 a.m. Presentations begin at 10:00 a.m. Presentation topics: How to harvest high quality hay – Dr. Dan Undersander, hay production expert, Madison, Wisconsin Fertility for optimum alfalfa production – John Heard, production specialist, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) The economics of hay and silage storage – Tim Clarke, production specialist, MAFRD Putting up high quality silage – Ray Bittner, production specialist, MAFRD Effective fibre, high potassium forages: effect on rumen PH – Rob Berry, production specialist, MAFRD In-field demonstrations: Measuring quality using the PEAQ method – John MacGregor, extension co-ordinator, Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association Soil salinity – Marla Riekman, production specialist, MAFRD Variety selection and leaf to stem ratios in alfalfa – Glenn Friesen, production specialist, MAFRD Hay quality differences – Dr. Dan Undersander, hay production expert, Madison, Wisconsin MACHINERY DEMOS - cutting, raking, tedding, baling from major equipment manufacturers Hay and Silage Day 2014 is presented by MAFRD through the Livestock Stewardship Initiative, Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, Stuartburn Piney Agricultural Development Association and participating agribusinesses.
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