The National Dairy Grazing Conference will go on as scheduled in July in Joplin despite the tornado damage last week. MU Extension Dairy Specialist Tony Rickard says that’s because the convention center is south of the damage. He says interest continues to grow in intensive grazing for milk production and is attracting new farmers and keeping more dairies from leaving the state. Rickard says it’s saving farmers a lot of expense because they no longer have to feed their cows 20 to 35 pounds of high cost feed. The conference is held every two years; in 2009 it attracted more than 300 attendees from 26 states and five countries.
The Brownfield Network contributed to this report.