May 8, 2003
URBANA—A Jersey County beef cattle enterprise will host two University of Illinois Extension events this summer. On June 4, the Wock Angus Farm will be the site of a pasture walk demonstrating grazing grasses from 9 a.m. to noon, and on Aug. 21 it will host an Area Cow-Calf Field Day. The Wock farm is located three miles south of Jerseyville on Illinois 109.
“Livestock and dairy produces interested in the use of cereal grains, brassicas and new types of legumes and grasses for grazing should find the programs interesting,” said Dave Seibert, U of I Extension animal systems educator based in East Peoria. “These species have created the most interest for grazing because of their ability to overcome the summer pasture slump and for utilization during the winter.”
The Wock farm has a number of test plots for the different pasture plants. The plots include turnips and rape, which are brassicas, along with and in combination with oats. There are also test plots of brown midrib sudangrass and overseeded perennial ryegrass and festulolium (ryegrass and fescue cross). There is also an area of multiple-year clover seeded in wheat and overseeded in existing pasture.
The Aug. 21 event will include commercial exhibitors. Those interested in exhibiting should contact Seibert at (309) 694-750l. For additional information on the pasture walk and a copy of the Cow-Calf Field Day program, contact Jennifer Russell, unit leader at Extension’s Calhoun-Jersey office at (618) 576-2293.