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2023 Winter Forage Conference Series – How Stockmanship, Infrastructure, and Forage Management can work together to work for you

November 28, 2022 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Join Virginia Forage and Grassland Council as we explore How Stockmanship, Infrastructure, and Forage Management can work together to work for you.

Curt Pate has worked across the U. S. to teach effective stockmanship principles based on his lifelong experience in ranching and animal handling. His “for profit” approach highlights the increased economic benefits of handling stock correctly – not only chute side, but in the field as well. Join us as Curt discusses how to calm and settle livestock when moving them to new pasture, how to use stockmanship to encourage more uniform grazing, how to adapt your management to the forage resource, and much more.

Johnny Rogers and his wife Sharon are first generation farmers who have become leaders in North Carolina’s pasture-based livestock industry. In addition to selling Red Angus bulls and bred heifers, the Rogers finish beef cattle and sheep for wholesale buyers, and sell various meat products at local farmer’s markets. They operate Rogers Cattle Co. on 450 acres in Roxboro, NC.

Lewis Sapp has worked for many years as a technical expert in the fencing industry, including both temporary, permanent, and electric fencing systems. Join us as he discusses how to design or add on to existing fencing and watering systems in order to improve management flexibility and enhance pasture utilization. In addition to pasture infrastructure, Lewis will touch on system design to improve operator efficiency and safety when moving livestock in and around working facilities.

Dates and Locations

Tuesday, January 24 – Wytheville Meeting Ctr., Wytheville, VA 24382
Wednesday, January 25 – Southern Piedmont AREC, Blackstone, VA 23824
Thursday, January 26 – Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA 20186 Friday, 27th Blue Ridge Comm. College, Weyers Cave, VA 24486