WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Navigating the worst drought in decades will be toughest for the livestock sector, but beef producers who do so successfully could find profitable days ahead, a Purdue Extension beef specialist said.
An Aug. 30, Purdue Extension titled, "Beef Strategies to Survive the Drought of 2012 and Prosper," will help producers do just that.
The free webinar will run 7-9 p.m.
"All indicators point to a prosperous future for beef cow-calf producers if they can just find solutions to this year's short forage supply and escalating feed cost," Ron Lemenager said.
Some of the topics will involve responsible culling to save the most productive cows; early weaning to reduce cow nutrient requirements and dry matter intake; strategies to stretch forage supplies, such as limiting access to hay; use of traditional, non-traditional and alternative feeds; late-season forage options; strategies for using potentially high nitrate feeds and value-added marketing.
Participants with high-speed Internet connections may connect to the webinar via kiosk at the Purdue Beef website at http://www.thebeefcenter.com/.
The kiosk will be open until 3 p.m., Aug. 30, to test and confirm that individual computer equipment and Internet service are compatible with the webinar.
Participants must log on during that time to pre-register.
Troubleshooting will be available. Instructions and more information are also available at the same website.
Those unable to connect from home should contact their local Purdue Extension county offices to arrange a viewing location.