WVU offers feeding program

ELIZABETH – Several speakers will present information for area farmers at the Winter Feeding Management for Livestock program at 6 p.m. today at the Steve Full Farm.

The meal and program are free and open to anyone regardless of residency. The program is sponsored by the West Virginia University Extension Service, The Little Kanawha Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The program will provide progressive education on improving management strategies for farmers and land owners. To pre-register or obtain more information, call the WVU Extension Wood County office at 1-304-424-1960.

The program will be held at The Steve and Treva Full farm near Elizabeth. The farm is located on Fish Hatchery Road, one mile off of West Virginia State Route 5. Steve Full is a member of the Board of Supervisors of the Little Kanawha Conservation District, representing Wirt County.

Full and his wife, Treva, operate a beef cattle operation, including managing pastures and hayfields. Steve Full recently constructed an animal waste storage facility at the farm with the assistance of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The facility includes a feeding pad and manure storage facility for feeding animals in the winter or in wet weather.

“The meeting will provide an excellent learning opportunity for local farmers,” said J.J. Barrett, agriculture agent for Wood County. “The WVU Extension and the Conservation Service are here to serve area farmers and assist them with farm and soil management. Livestock producers need to be aware of state regulations and how it affects their farm.”

Several educators will be teaching at the workshop. Jason Crislip, the Natural Resources Conservation Service District conservationist, will be discussing winter feeding pads and best management practices.

Barrett will present “Understanding Regulations-What I need to know.” Brandy Brabham, the WVU Extension agent from Roane County, will present “Manure A Valuable Resource for the Farm.”

“Tips to Reduce Winter Feeding Hay Costs” will be taught by Alex Straight, the WVU Extension agent from Ritchie County, and Dee Signgh-Knights, the WVU Extension farm management specialist, will be discuss “Simple Record Keeping Management.”

“The purpose of this meeting is to educate livestock farmers about concentrated animal feeding operations and more importantly, nutrient management and best practices on their farm,” said Brabham. These area organizations “want local farmers to be profitable and still protect natural resources like soil and water on their farm. West Virginia farm families are hard working people and we want them to continue farming the land for generations to come.”

Find more information on offered program at anr.ext.wvu.edu.