The native grass tour scheduled for this evening at the Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone, VA has been POSTPONED due to the severe weather forecast this afternoon and evening. The tour is rescheduled for next Tuesday, June 8th starting at 5 pm with the same agenda and location. We hope to see you then. A […]
The Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, Inc. (VFGC) collaborates with producer members in different areas of the state, to demonstrate various forage and grazing management techniques. These demonstrations are one way to promote the utilization of forages to meet producer goals while highlighting grazing management practices that improve forage production, grazing efficiency and soil health.
VFGC is also the recipient of a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from USDA-NRCS. We encourage you to look at and follow the progress of the demonstration farms listed below as changes are implemented and their grazing systems improve.
Join us to explore a demonstration of stocker cattle grazing a variety of spring annual pasture mixes at Poplar Ridge Farms on May 25. These mixtures can be planted in late winter to serve as a spring cover crop, emergency hay, or as high quality spring pasture. A boxed dinner will be provided with your […]
Join VFGC and industry partners for a 1-day fence-building school near you. Includes a classroom portion covering the basics of layout and construction for fixed knot fence, brace construction, post & wire selection, as well as electric fencing. The afternoon session will be entirely hands-on in the field. Come ready to build fence! The Buffalo […]
Everyone is invited to attend and learn how Tim Tobin developed a rotational grazing system and is using a diversity of forages to manage for year-round grazing and improved cattle performance. • Overview and background of farm operation − brief history and overview of farm and grazing system development • Partnering with local conservation services […]
By: Dr. Kathryn Payne. Applied Forage Systems Specialist, SPAREC and Cynthia Gregg, Extension Agent, ANR/UC, VCE – Brunswick County; Virginia Co-Chairs/Contact for the SE Hay Contest This is the first in a short series of articles pertaining to Virginia Forage/Hay Producers entering the Southeast Hay Contest for the first time in 2020. This year, Virginia […]
Forage finished beef is of growing consumer and producer interest. Opportunities to direct market a higher value product appeals to producers. Healthier meat from animals raised on pasture appeals to consumers, and the ability to improve environmental outcomes appeals to both. Getting adequate growth to reach a “finished” state and addressing market issues can sometimes […]
Pasture Walk July 23rd in Bath County VFGC is planning an evening pasture walk at The Moyers Family Twilight Farms near Hot Springs, VA in beautiful Bath County. Kevin Moyers and his family will showcase the improvements made to their farm and grazing system with an emphasis on his conversion of wild-type, toxic endophyte fescue to […]
Timely Information for Livestock Producers Friday, April 24, 2020 Friday, May 8, 2020 Friday, May 22, 2020 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Livestock Webinar Series Flier 4-24-20
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 […]
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 […]