TAVARES — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) Lake County Extension Service is offering an educational seminar on winter forage options for horse and livestock owners on Thursday Nov. 8 from 6-8pm at the Lake County Agriculture Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
“Cooler temperatures and shorter days indicate the end of the growing season for many pasture grasses,” said Megan Brew, Livestock & Natural Resources Extension Agent. “Managing winter pastures in the same way that they were managed over the summer can lead to forage loss, weed infestation and poorer body condition in grazing animals.”
As Bahia and Bermuda grass pastures go dormant, horse and livestock owners are faced with how they will manage their land and provide forage to their animals over the winter months.
Topics to be addressed during the seminar include using stored forage; planting dates, rates, and methods for cool season forage grasses and legumes; common winter pasture weeds; and how to get a jump start on next year’s growing season.
This class will be conducted by Lake County Livestock Agent Megan Brew and Orange County Livestock Agent Dennis Mudge.
The cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple and includes all hand-outs and materials. Pre-registration is required by Monday, Nov. 5.
For more information, or to register, contact Megan Brew at 352-343-4101 ext 2728.
The Lake County Extension Office sponsors all programs, which is a partnership between the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. The Foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.