Growing cover crops offer potential benefits, including improved soil health, but these crops can be expensive to establish and manage. Establishment and management costs can be recovered by integrating crop and animal production and grazing cover crops as forage.

Great Plains Grazing team member and Kansas State University southeast area Extension beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney will present “Integration of Livestock and Cropping Systems,” a free webinar at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, April 26. The webinar is open to anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of how cover crops can fit into a livestock grazing system.

Webinar participants can expect to learn:

  • benefits of integrating crop and animal production;
  • cover crop types and their forage production potential; and
  • best utilization of these crops for cow herd or stocker grazing.

Farney is based at K-State’s Southeast Agricultural Research Center in Parsons. She grew up in Fort Sumner, New Mexico where her family had a cow-calf operation. She completed her associate’s degree in agriculture from Butler Community College where she was a member of the livestock judging team and then continued her education at Kansas State University in animal science. Jaymelynn then went to Oklahoma State University to complete her master’s in ruminant nutrition with an emphasis on receiving calf management. She returned to K-State to complete her Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition, using the dairy cow as the model for how inflammation impacts production.

Farney’s research interests include alternative forages and management practices to improve cowherd efficiency.  She is involved in the Sunflower Supreme Replacement Heifer Program which has developed protocols for replacement heifer development to help with breeding and calving ease.

The April 26 webinar is part of a monthly series hosted by Great Plains Grazing, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative-Coordinated Agricultural Project (USDA-AFRI-CAP) grant. Online registration is available at http://www.greatplainsgrazing.org/webinars.html.

The webinar series aims to provide research-based information, and is targeted for producers and extension agents. Previous webinars are archived and more information is available at http://www.greatplainsgrazing.org/.