Growing alfalfa in the Ozarks to supplement beef and dairy diets will be the subject of a University of Missouri (MU) Extension program and farm tour later this month. The event will be held April 22 at the Glenn and Toni Obermann farm near Freistatt.

Alfalfa establishment and management, variety selection, weed and insect control, hay and haylage harvest techniques and the benefits of alfalfa as a part of animal nutrition will be discussed.

“Feed supplements are a significant expenditure when raising cattle,” says Tim Schnakenberg, MU Extension agronomist. “If a producer has the land, labor and equipment available, the possibility of growing alfalfa to supplement beef diets may be worth considering.”

A dinner will be served after the tour. To pre-register and reserve meals, call the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102 by April 14.