The UGA Forages website is your window to information on a wide variety of forage management issues.

This information is extended to you by scientists from the University of Georgia, who continue to research all aspects of forage and livestock management. The recommendations found here are based on peer-reviewed research conducted in Georgia and throughout the world. The website provides accurate and up-to-date information about all forage management issues facing producers in Georgia and the Southeast.

Please check this website regularly for updates, upcoming events, and hot topics.



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Calving percentage is widely recognized as the variable having the greatest impact on profitability of a cow-calf operation.  Because expenditures for feed are so large, minimizing those costs is perhaps the next most important strategy to enhance profitability.  Expenditures for hay or baleage and supplements usually represent the largest portion of the total feed budget.  Most of those expenses are for winter feed.

UGA Forage Extension Team

Did you know that according to research conducted by UGA, you can lose up to sixty percent of your hay by storing it uncovered outside? While choosing a site for your hay barns can be a challenge, these four main components can assist in making your decisions.

UGA Forage Extension Team

Forage establishment can be frustrating but can be successful if you have a plan.  Forage establishment techniques can vary depending upon forage species, location, soil type, pasture situation and intended use. Good establishment techniques are essential to getting good high yielding forage stands. Let’s look at several reasons why producers can successfully establish forages.

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By Savannah Tanner Emanuel County CEA With over 80,000 head of horses in the state of Georgia, horse owners are looking for efficient and nutritional forage options to feed to their animals. A good rule of thumb for horse owners is that your horse should consume at least one percent of its body weight in hay...

Georgia Forages Events Calendar

Come learn about forage management and precision hay field technology with hands-on forage and equipment demonstrations. Presentations include:• The nuts and bolts of inoculant applications• Weed control in hayfields• Matching forage quality to animal needsHands-on demonstrations:• Sprayer and seed drill calibration and cleanout• Forage and soil testing• Hayfield irrigation technology• Grid sampling and variable rate fertilizer• How to set up and use a lightbar• UAV demo• Hay equipment demonstrations (weather dependent) Online Registration Links: Online Registration County Extension Agent Registration: CALL OFFICE Meal Sponsor Break Sponsor Exhibitor Equipment Sponsor
Apr 07
8:00AM - 5:00PM Hay and Baleage Shortcourse - Wheeler County Wheeler County Extension Office, Alamo, GA
Come learn about forage management and precision hay field technology with hands-on forage and equipment demonstrations. Presentations include:• The nuts and bolts of inoculant applications• Weed control in hayfields• Matching forage quality to animal needsHands-on demonstrations:• Sprayer and seed drill calibration and cleanout• Forage and soil testing• Hayfield irrigation technology• Grid sampling and variable rate fertilizer• How to set up and use a lightbar• UAV demo• Hay equipment demonstrations (weather dependent) Online Registration Links: Online Registration County Extension Agent Registration: CALL OFFICE Meal Sponsor Break Sponsor Exhibitor Equipment Sponsor
Apr 08
8:00AM - 5:00PM Hay and Baleage Shortcourse - Wheeler County Wheeler County Extension Office, Alamo, GA
Advanced Grazing SchoolTuesday, April 14 Learn firsthand how to monitor your pastures using traditional and new technology. Managing problem pasture weeds Forage management with cell phone apps Pasture scoring Insect scouting Pasture yield monitoring NRCS program overview NEXT DAY COLLABORATIVE EVENT: Fencing Field DayWednesday, April 15 This hands-on program will feature university and industry experts. Understanding the building blocks of fencing Moderated group discussions on posts, wire, fasteners, and energizers NRCS program overview Hands-on fence building rotations and demos Troubleshooting electric and temporary fence problems
Apr 14
8:00AM - 5:00PM 2020 Advanced Grazing School Begins at Monroe County Clubhouse, Forsyth, GA
Fencing Field DayWednesday, April 15 This hands-on program will feature university and industry experts. Understanding the building blocks of fencing Moderated group discussions on posts, wire, fasteners, and energizers NRCS program overview Hands-on fence building rotations and demos Troubleshooting electric and temporary fence problems PREVIOUS DAY'S COLLABORATIVE EVENT: Advanced Grazing SchoolTuesday, April 14 Learn firsthand how to monitor your pastures using traditional and new technology. Managing problem pasture weeds Forage management with cell phone apps Pasture scoring Insect scouting Pasture yield monitoring NRCS program overview
Apr 15
8:00AM - 5:00PM 2020 Fencing Field Day Begins at Monroe County Clubhouse, Forsyth, GA
Come see the results of the new pre-emergent herbicide from Bayer Crop Science! Tour will be followed by dinner and a weed control update from Dr. Lisa Baxter, UGA Forage Specialist. Schedule: UGA-Tifton and ABAC Parking for tour starts at UGA Animal Science Farm (near Cotton Microgin) (approx. address: 795 Animal Science Drive Tifton GA 31793 (corner of Zion Hope and Moore Hwy) Dinner at Blackshank Pavillion (approx. address: 467 Carpenter Rd N Tifton GA 31793_ April 23 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Agenda 5:30 pm               Registration 6:00 pm               Shuttles leave for field tour 7:00 pm               Weed Management Update from Dr. Lisa Baxter 7:30 pm               Dinner provided by Bayer Crop Science
Apr 23
5:30PM - 8:30AM Bayer Crop Science New Pre-emergent Herbicide Field Day - Tifton UGA-Tifton ADS Farm - Park here and catch the shuttle, Tifton, GA
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