Last month Lallemand Animal Nutrition partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Iowa State University to offer the first Silage for Beef Cattle Conference near Mead, Neb at the UNL Ag Research and Development Center. More than 200 nutritionists, producers, extension personnel and students attended the conference to learn more about the importance and economic value of silage on beef operations.
“This conference was a huge success,” said Bob Charley, PhD, Forage Products Manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “Not only did we have a tremendous turnout, but the quality of educational content and engagement from the audience was great.”
The conference featured eight presenters from Kansas State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Iowa State University and Lallemand Animal Nutrition who are experts in their respective fields. The conference agenda covered topics that highlighted the corn silage fermentation process, spoilage losses, impact of silage inoculation and how corn silage could play an important role in feeding beef cattle, especially at the grower stage, allowing the producer better overall economics.
“Corn silage has been shown to be very economical in beef growing and finishing situations,” says Galen Erickson, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Our goal with this conference was to bring current research information to the cattle industry to make sure that if producers are using silage in their ration, they are using it correctly and effectively.”
Along with the 150 onsite attendees, the conference was streamed live to listeners across the country and recorded for post conference interest. Videos of each presentation can be found at http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/events/huskercornsilageconference2016.html and conference proceedings are available upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most important aspects of producing quality forage is good silage management says Dr. Charley. Lallemand Animal Nutrition offers free resources for producers about silage best management practices, which can be found at www.qualitysilage.com or on the Silage Doctor Facebook or Twitter pages.