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Beef producers attend the annual clover forage field day

Beef producers attend the annual clover forage field day

Story by Beverly Moseley

For more than a decade, beef producers have gathered at an annual clover forage field day to learn the latest information on forage and beef production.

This year�s 17th annual event was held at the Iola Community Center. A capacity crowd filled the community center to listen to industry experts discuss topics such as cattle selection presented by Stanley Kelley with Sam Houston State University. Kit Pharo of Cheyenne Wells, Colo., traveled to Iola to share with attendees profitable ranching tips.

The afternoon sessions were held at Gene Sollock�s nearby ranch. Sollock, a beef producer and retired director of the Bedias Creek Soil & Water Conservation District, has practiced intensive rotational grazing and incorporating legumes into his forage system for years. Attendees also learned how to develop healthy pastures and beef on grass and legumes.

This annual event was sponsored by the Bedias Creek Soil & Water Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Producers Coop, Standley Feed & Seed, First State Bank of Bedias, Fairlie Seed Company, Capital Farm Credit, Coufal-Prater Country Store, Grasshopper Liquid Fertilizer and Tractor Supply Company.

A capacity crowd filled the Iola Community Center for the 17th Annual Clover Forage Field Day.

Delwin Cannon, NRCS soil conservationist (left) and Floyd Nauls, NRCS district conservationist, prepare lunch for attendees before traveling to a nearby ranch for the afternoon sessions.

A capacity crowd filled the Iola Community Center for the 17th Annual Clover Forage Field Day.

Delwin Cannon, NRCS soil conservationist (left) and Floyd Nauls, NRCS district conservationist, prepare lunch for attendees before traveling to a nearby ranch for the afternoon sessions.

Gene Sollock of Iola, a rancher and retired director of Bedias Creek Soil & Water Conservation District, shares with attendees his ranch�s beef and forage management systems which include intensive rotational grazing and incorporating legumes into a forage system.  

Gene Sollock of Iola, a rancher and retired director of Bedias Creek Soil & Water Conservation District, shares with attendees his ranch�s beef and forage management systems which include intensive rotational grazing and incorporating legumes into a forage system.