We would like to thank you again for your sponsorship of past Virginia Forage and Grassland Council (VFGC) winter forage conferences. Our 2024 winter forage conferences are scheduled for the following dates: January 23 – Wytheville, January 24 – Chatham, January 25 – Warrenton, and January 26 – Weyers Cave. The theme for this year’s educational conferences is Forage Strategies […]
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This year’s winter forage conference will be held at various locations and focus on optimizing animal performance in forage-based production systems. Our speakers are not only experts on the topic, they are also practitioners with livestock and farms of their own. Join us for conversations about: Understanding the specific nutritional requirement for cow-calf, heifer-development, forage-finishing, dairy, and stocker operations How […]
The VA Forage and Grassland Council and its partners invite you to join them at Kinloch Farm in Fauquier County, VA on August 4th for an exciting morning presentation and pasture walk to navigate the ins and outs of establishing and grazing alternative forages such as Native Warm Season Grasses. Starting at 8:30 am, we will indulge in a delicious […]
The Rockingham County Extension Office is hosting a crabgrass seed pool. The variety we are offering this year is Quick-n-Big Spreader, developed by Dalrymple Farms of Thomas, Oklahoma. This is an improved forage crabgrass with an upright growth form plus the capacity to spread, ideal for sacrifice pastures, feeding areas, or as a summer forage component in thinning pastures. A […]
The VFGC would like to feature more good photos from different farms around the state in the annual grazing calendar. To encourage you to send in your best photos, we have decided to have a contest. Who is eligible: Anyone can submit a photo, but to win one of the prizes you have to be a dues paying member of […]
The USDA fact sheets described below were developed from a Conservation Innovation Grant with Virginia Tech titled, Demonstrating conversion of wildtype to novel endophyte fescue pastures for greater livestock performance and better environmental outcomes. Follow this link https://vaforages.org/resources/publications/ to the Publications tab to view the fact sheets and learn more about fescue toxicosis, fescue sampling, strategies for mitigation, conversion to […]
Matt Booher, Rockingham County Extension Agent, has started a weekly digital forage mini-newsletter. If you would like to get on the email list to receive this, please contact Matt at email@example.com.
Keith Tuck, Tuck Farms, Moneta VA Keith Tuck owns and operates a commercial cow-calf operation in an all grass production system. He typically carries 100 cow-calf pairs and develops about 15-20 replacement heifers. The farm is located just north of Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA, in southern Bedford County. Historically this had been a tobacco farm and about 20 […]
Demonstrating conversion of tall fescue to native warm season grasses for greater livestock performance and better environmental outcomes Project Background While tall fescue (Schedonorous arundinaceus) is the predominant forage species in Virginia pasture systems, the species has limited productivity during the summer months. In addition, most of the tall fescue in Virginia is infected with an endophyte that produces ergot […]
The Grazing School originally scheduled for May 12-13, 2020, in Glade Spring has to be cancelled for now due to the uncertain conditions regarding the Corona virus and the Governor’s stay at home order through June 10th. Everyone who sent in registration checks will get refunded in full. If possible we will try to reschedule this grazing school in the […]