Upcoming Valley Beef Conference

Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2019 Valley Beef Conference on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the Shenandoah Valley Meeting Room; Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, 180 Oakwood Drive, Rockingham, VA 22801 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
The major focus of the program is the use of corn silage in beef operations that background calves over winter and as base ration for the cow herd. It will include in-depth presentations on the nutritional, agronomic and economic considerations in using corn silage. 
The featured speaker for the program is Dr. Tara Felix, Beef Extension Specialist at the Pennsylvania State University who specializes in ruminant nutrition.  Dr. Felix will address the nutritional impacts of feeding corn silage to weaned and backgrounded calves to maximize gain at an affordable cost. 
The program will also feature a presentation by Dr. Wade Thomason on the agronomic factors of growing not only corn silage but also small grains for feedstuffs as part of a crop rotation.  Dr. Thomason is a professor and Extension Grains Specialist for Virginia Tech.  Part of his extension program includes coordinating the annual Virginia Tech Corn Silage and Grain On-Farm test plots.
Also on the program is Dr. Gonzalo Ferreira, Extension Dairy Management Specialist at Virginia Tech.  Dr. Ferreira will present on the harvest, management and feeding factors of corn silage.  
Finally, the program will address beef cow herd reproductive performance with a presentation by Dr. Vitor Mercadante on the impact of weaning date and calf age on cow (dam) body condition score and subsequent reproductive performance.  Dr. Mercadante is a Beef Extension Specialist for Virginia Tech.

Registration costs are $15/person. To register or for any questions, please call the Augusta Extension Office at 540-245-5750 or email John Benner at benner89@vt.edu.  Registration is requested by Monday, December 9 to adequately plan for lunch.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact John Benner at the Augusta Extension Office five days prior to the event at 540-245-5750 *(TDD number is 800-828-1120) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations.