URBANA, Ill. - The annual Orr Beef Research Center Field Day will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the John Wood Agricultural Center on State Highway 104 in Perry. Speakers from the University of Illinois will lead discussions that address research, current topics, and situations producers are facing on farms. A meal will be served at no charge to those who take part in the discussions and tour.
“Although this year has seen more rainfall and fewer production challenges, producers still continue to face higher input costs and smaller margins,” said U of I Extension beef specialist Travis Meteer. “This field day will equip producers with the newest research findings, applicable management strategies, and practical knowledge to help increase profits in their cattle operation.”
At the field day, U of I cow/calf researcher Dan Shike and U of I graduate research assistants will update attendees on the newest research. Topics will include: new methods of alkaline treatment applied to corn stover to increase use of the poor-quality forage; grazing novel endophyte fescue grasses; and fetal programming with two levels of DDGS. Graduate students will also discuss some on-farm trials investigating frequency of supplementation when cows are grazing during the summer slump and the effects of grazing corn residue on soil.
Meteer will discuss supplementing dry matter and energy on lush spring pastures as well as current and future research projects at the Orr Research Center. He said that speakers will be happy to address any questions from producers during the evening event.
A tour of the Orr Center will be given immediately following the discussion. Producers will have the opportunity to view facilities, cattle, and pastures. A freeze branding demonstration will be performed as well.