Haying and Cattle Equipment Demonstration Planned at McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm

Hay equipment and demonstrations to be displayed June 6

April 26, 2024, 10:59 am | Clarabell Probasco

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm is hosting an equipment demonstration day June 6, focusing on hay equipment as well as cattle working and feeding equipment.

The event will be held on-site at the farm, located at 45249 170th Ave., Chariton. This event will have multiple sessions featuring different haying equipment at each stop.

Industry representatives across the south-central region of Iowa will participate to showcase the equipment and provide real-time demonstrations. An equipment trade show area will also be available for attendees to inspect equipment and visit with industry representatives.

Shelby Gruss, an Iowa State University state forage specialist, will lead a general session during the provided lunch, covering topics of forage selection, fertilization and harvesting. ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists and beef specialists will also be on site for the duration of the program, available to visit with attendees and address production questions.Mowing hay on a sunny day.

“Bringing a demonstration component to the McNay Research Farm annual field day is a unique way for ISU Extension and Outreach to assist in showcasing equipment options for hay producers in the area,” said Chris Clark, a beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We are excited to change things up and create an opportunity for interactive learning. The event will also facilitate some interaction between producers and industry representatives, which should benefit everyone.”

The day will begin with demonstration sessions starting at 10 a.m. and running through 5 p.m. A free lunch will be provided, prepared by the Lucas County Cattlemen. Pre-registration for the event is not required but is strongly encouraged. On-site registration the day of the event will also be available. If the case of inclement weather on June 6, organizers have planned a rain date of June 11.

For more information, contact Chris Clark at  712-250-0070 or Clarabell Probasco at 641-208-5435.

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