Corn Silage Conference to Offer Latest Information to Beef Industry Worldwide

An abundance of new information on an age-old feed has led Extension Specialists from Iowa State University and University of Nebraska—Lincoln to offer a one-day conference for cattle producers, Nutrition Consultants and Extension Personnel. Galen Erickson, Beef Feedlot Extension Specialist with UNL, said the June 17 Silage for Beef Cattle Conference, sponsored by Lallemand Animal Nutrition, will capitalize on the resurgence of silage in beef diets.
“Corn silage appears to be very economical in beef growing and finishing situations, and we know many people use it,” he said. “If it is going to be used, however, it’s important to know the specifics about types, storage and pricing, and this conference will tackle all those issues.”
The speaker lineup includes university experts from UNL, Iowa State and Kansas State University (KSU), and from program sponsor Lallemand Animal Nutrition. The agenda features eight presentation sessions and a panel discussion, and will be held at the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building at the UNL Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, NE. The conference is approved for 5 CEUs from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).
The conference begins with registration at 8:15 a.m., will adjourn by 4 p.m. and is free for those preregistered by Monday, June 13. Otherwise, the fee is $30 per person for those not preregistered with that amount due on-site. The conference brochure has agenda information, directions to the location, contacts for more information and a fillable registration form in pdf format, and is available on the Iowa Beef Center website.
“Because we know there’s a great deal of interest in this topic, and we know not everyone can travel to attend this conference, we are also offering a web viewing option for the entire day available to people with internet access from anywhere around the world,” Erickson said. “In addition to this streaming option, we plan to capture shorter segments that highlight the take-home points and provide them after the conference, and we’ll provide a proceedings of all the material presented during the day.”
Erickson said it’s important for producers to understand how to select proper hybrids for silage, know when to put up silage and knowing how to store silage to minimize shrink.
“Optimizing both the amount fed and silage in combination with which other ingredients is critical in determining whether silage is an economical choice,” Erickson said. “This conference will provide that information, as well as tools for pricing silage.”
The conference speakers, their affiliation and presentation topics follow:
·        Dr. Bob Charley, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, “Corn Silage Fermentation Process”
·        Dr. Keith Bolsen, KSU, “Silage Safety, Shrink, and Methods to Control Losses”
·        Dr. Renato Schmidt, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, “Impact of Silage Inoculant”
·        Dr. Jim MacDonald, UNL, “Optimizing Corn Silage Harvest for Quality and Yield”
·        Dr. Dan Loy, Iowa State, “Evaluation of Silages, and What a Feed Test Means for Good vs. Bad Silage”
·        Dr. Andrea Watson, UNL, “Use of Corn Silage in Growing Programs and Protein Considerations”
·        Erickson and Henry Hilscher, UNL, “Feeding Programs for Silage, Silage Hybrid, and Harvest Time Impact on Performance”
·        Dr. Terry Klopfenstein and Hilscher, UNL, “Economics of Silage Use and Proper Pricing”
For more information, contact Erickson at 402-472-6402 or Loy at 515-294-1058.
For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Platte County.  Phone: 402-563-4901 or e-mail