The 2014 Illinois Forage Expo will be held this Thursday on the Tony Snow farm near Mulberry Grove. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.
Snow's operation is a forage-based, intensive grazing dairy, which includes a 70-feet by 260-feet hoop shed compost barn, using cornstalks for bedding.
The Forage Expo will include field demonstrations of forage harvesting equipment and commercial displays of forage-related products and equipment. In addition, there will be a tour and discussion of the intensive grazing dairy operation and a demonstration plot containing spring-seeded annual forage that can be used for grazing.
Educational sessions will be presented that focus on reducing livestock feeding costs by grazing annuals and cover crops, and utilizing forages in a dairy-based ration.
Also during the expo, a quality hay and haylage contest will be held for producers who have entered 2014 bales and haylage.
The Forage Expo site can be reached by exiting Interstate 70 at the Mulberry Grove exit, going north to the four-way stop, then going east for 2 1/2 miles on U.S. Route 40 to County Road 100 East and then north for 1 1/2 miles.
The Forage Expo is co-sponsored by the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, the University of Illinois Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.