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Field Day at Hackley Farm
The forage field day at the Russell Hackley farm featured a story going back to the fall of 1971 when Russell seeded a new variety of fescue in cooperation with University of Kentucky College of Agriculture of a farm forage trial. That trial began the many years of research that moved Russell towards a totally endophyte free grazing program.  He markets all of his forage production through grazing gains on stocker cattle. He manages his pastures with an intense rotational grazing system that allows him to maximize pounds of beef per acre of forage. Over 75 producers attended the program sponsored by the Grayson County Cattlemen’s Association and the Grayson County Extension Service. The evening program consisted of comparisons of Russell’s Stocker Grazing $"s per Acre and Jack's cow/calf Grazing $'s per Acre forage base and fertility program.  Fescue research specialist Dr. Tim Phillips, discussed Novel Fescues value and importance as we establish new pastures.  Dr. Ray Smith and Dr. Garry Lacefield discussed Forage, Fence and Water on the pasture tour.  Feedback from producers has indicated that there was a valuable information exchange created.  One producer has already come to the Extension office and developed a plan and went into immediate action to establish a novel fescue seeding for this fall.
 
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