Friday’s field day to focus on livestock feeds and forages

Published 11:09 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A full day of activities is scheduled for field day Friday at the AgCenter Southeast Research Station in Franklinton.

A time to share the findings of its research with those in the agriculture business, at least one field day has been held at the Research Station each year since 1952, said Mike McCormick, resident coordinator.

The theme for this year’s field day is “Livestock Feeds and Forages for Today and the Future.” Among other topics, attendees will learn about recent research done at the station on various byproducts and forages and the economic benefits of using certain products.

McCormick said information will provided for people working with both dairy and beef. Attendance is expected to be between 130 and 180 people.

A free event open to the public, field day will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts and a welcome session. Next, from 9:15-11 a.m., will be outdoor presentations during a hayride.

An indoor presentation will take place in the auditorium from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., and a Research Station-provided BBQ lunch will follow.

Equipment presentations, to be held from 1-2 p.m., will close out the day.

As the other field day activities are wrapping up, associate extension agent Lacey Keating’s Backyard Poultry 101 program will begin. The program, which has a 1:30 p.m. start time and will take place in the auditorium, is free and open to the public.

State poultry specialist Dr. Theresia Lavergne will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions.

Among other poultry-related issues, the program will cover local laws and ordinances, disease/biosecurity, incubation, egg production and broiler production.

The Southeast Research Station is located at 41217 Bethel Road in Franklinton.

For more information about the event, contact McCormick at 839-2322.