Ways producers can maximize forages will be the topic that Rick Rasby, a University of Nebraska cattle feeding expert, will discuss at the Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference, set for Feb. 7-8 at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, NE.

“With higher grain prices, the market is saying to use more forages,” Rasby says. “We’ll discuss how can we optimize the use of forages.”

Sometimes graziers have to feed harvested forage. “It is important to know the nutrient quality of that forage,” he suggests, “because you need to make sure you’re meeting the needs of the beef cow.”

Sponsored by the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association (N.A.M.A.), the Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference is designed especially for alfalfa producers, livestock/dairy producers and others who are involved in alfalfa production, purchasing, hay feeding or processing.

Other speakers include Ron Hansen, University of Nebraska ag economist, who will provide a session on multi-generational family farm ownership; Al Dutcher, Nebraska climatologist, who will discuss weather patterns and forecasts for the coming crop year; and Trent Loos, well-known commentator, columnist and ag advocate.

An industry trade show and a fundraising auction are also part of the expo.  Register for $10/person by Feb 3 or $20 at the door. Participants under the age of 18 are admitted at no charge. Register online at www.AlfalfaExpo.com.

For more information, call 800-743.-649 or visit www.AlfalfaExpo.com.