Strategies for feeding livestock in drought conditions will be presented on June 14 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lewis Arriola Community Center, 21203 County Road S.
Speakers include beef producer Bob Ower, farm and ranch consultant Bob Bragg and Hydrogreen agricultural engineer Thomas White.
The economic and health benefits of growing sprouted grain fodder for livestock feed will be discussed. The hydroponic fodder system does not require irrigation water or large acreage and can be grown year-round. The option is seen as way to alleviate demand for hay and pasture, which will be limited this year because of water restrictions.
The event is being sponsored by MB McAfee, a Democrat candidate for Montezuma County commissioner. She said alternative feed options for livestock during the drought will help keep livestock from being sold or moved out of state in large numbers.
“Preserving our agricultural heritage and landscape means exploring and supporting new sustainable agricultural practices,” McAfee said.
The free workshop will focus on the costs, labor, nutritional and production details of fodder.
Coffee and dessert will be served.
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