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Orr Beef Research Center Field Day Scheduled for September

14 August 2014

US - University of Illinois researchers will be on hand to discuss the most current topics and situations producers are facing on-farm at the annual Orr Beef Research Center Field Day on Sept. 3.

The meeting will be held at the John Wood Ag Center located on State Highway 104, located 18 miles east of Liberty, Ill. A free meal and discussions begin at 5 p.m. with a demonstration and tour at 7 pm No registration is required.

Paul Peterson, U of I professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, will provide insight into the cattle markets and how cattlemen can take advantage of record high prices.

Other speakers for the program include Dan Shike, U of I professor and cow/calf researcher; Travis Meteer, U of I beef Extension educator; and U of I graduate research assistants who will update attendees on the newest research at the U of I.

Topics will include supplementing lush grass, ensiling corn stover for cow feed, heifer and cow feed efficiency, and grazing corn residue and the effects on the soil.

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 demonstration of forage measurement and calculating grazing days will be performed for producers to view.

“Although this year has seen more rainfall and thus fewer production challenges, producers struggle to expand the cow herd and re-invest in high-priced replacements,” said Mr 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. Speakers will be glad to address any producer questions during the evening.”

More information on the field day is available at or by contacting Meteer at 217-236-4961 or

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