Michigan - Great Lakes Sheep for Profit

Date: October 18, 2014
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: MSU South Campus farm
Contact: ehrhard5@msu.edu, office: 517-353-2906 or cell: 517-899-0040

Michigan State University Extension is hosting its next Michigan/Great Lakes Sheep for Profit event Saturday, October 18, beginning at noon with a tour of annual forage grazing plots on the MSU south campus farm and continuing with a tour at 3 p.m. of Richard Ehrhardt’s farm in Eaton Rapids (30 minutes south). This series highlights several innovative practices used in the Great Lakes Region and is a great opportunity for producers who want to improve their productivity and build connections with others in the sheep industry. This session will focus on forage crops to improve whole-farm forage utilization in sheep farming systems and will highlight both annual and perennial forage crops that can be used to improve whole-farm forage utilization. Unique cultivars of forage brassicas, bulb brassicas, highly digestible sudan grass hybrids, and herb mix plantings will be presented with a discussion on how each of these crops fits into a farm’s forage budget.

The session will start at noon and last till 2:15 pm at the MSU south campus  farm. Participants will meet at noon at the MSU Swine Unit conference room, 4813 Powerline Drive, Lansing MI 48910 (gravel road running east off of College Rd. between Jolly and Bennet Rds). At approximately 2:15, participants will leave the MSU south campus farm to travel to Ehrhardt Farm, 6280 Kinneville Rd, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 for a second tour that begins at 3 pm.. This event is free and does not require preregistration. Please contact Richard Ehrhardt for additional program details ehrhard5@msu.edu, office: 517-353-2906 or cell: 517-899-0040

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