Increasing profitability will be the focus of the 2013 Winter Forage Conference presenting keynote speaker Jim Gerrish, an expert on forage-livestock systems.

The day-long conference will be held at four Virginia locations, from Jan. 22 to 25, and is hosted by the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

In the morning, Gerrish will talk on matching calving season to forage resources and environment, inventorying and budgeting forage resources, selecting the right cow type for extended grazing systems and winter grazing options. He operates American GrazingLands Services LLC.

During the afternoon session, he’ll tell how to graze winter pastures, including pasture utilization and rumen function, supplementation on winter pastures and tools and tips for getting the job done.

Other speakers will discuss profitability differences among grazing systems and how to plan and develop farm infrastructure to support grazing systems.

The meetings, to run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., will be held: Jan. 22, Warren County Community Center, Front Royal; Jan. 23, Weyers Cave Community Center, Weyers Cave; Jan. 24, Wytheville Meeting Center, Wytheville; and Jan. 25, Southern Piedmont AREC, Blackstone.

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