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UT Twilight Tour on Native Grasses

Pat Keyser, director of the UT Center for Native Grasslands Management (shown center in orange and white shirt), will lead a twilight forage tour on July 27 in Lewisburg. For details contact the UT Dairy AgResearch and Education Center in Lewisburg, 931-270-2240. Photo courtesy UTIA.



LEWISBURG, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Center for Native Grasslands Management is hosting a Twilight Forage Tour on Monday, July 27, at the Dairy AgResearch and Education Center. The event will feature discussions of warm-season native grasses for summer grazing and an exciting new initiative to improve heifer development in Tennessee.

Native grasses are the subject of a current UT Institute of Agriculture research project and include species such as big bluestem and Indiangrass. These perennial grasses provide summer grazing, are highly drought-tolerant, produce high yields of hay (4 – 5 tons/acre) and excellent animal performance (2.1 lb. average daily gain on steers) when grazed.

The heifer development project, a partnership between UTIA, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Farmers’ Cooperative is being initiated in the fall. This project will showcase best practices for development of beef heifers here in Tennessee and provide a platform for emerging approaches that can help producers in the state and region as they rebuild herds following a series of severe summer droughts.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. CDT and includes a sponsored supper. There is no cost for the tour, but you must register by Friday, July 23, in order to attend.

To register, please contact the Research and Education Center office at 931-270-2240. You may also register by e-mailing your name, affiliation (producer, business or agency name), and contact information (mailing address, phone, and if available, e-mail address) to Sissy Nichols (fnichols@utk.edu). You may register multiple individuals, but please provide the requested information for each. C

The UT Center for Grasslands Management is a program of the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries in the UT Institute of Agriculture. The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Dr. Pat Keyser, UT Center for Grasslands Management, 865-974-0644, pkeyser@utk.edu