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Forage Management Online Course

From Field to Quality Feed

October 25 - December 14, 2019

Course Summary

This course will begin with agronomic factors that influence forage quality and follow key strategies for harvest, preservation and feedout of quality feed. It will be valuable for decision makers and key employees in the cropping and feeding system on the farm.  

Who Should Attend?

This course will benefit those involved in the decision making and management of forage crops from crop selection to feed out on a dairy farm. There will be aspects of the course that are specific to northeast U.S. growing conditions and horizontal silos (bunks, trenches, drive over piles) but most of the material will be applicable to any dairy operation and storage structure.

Topics Covered

Fermentation and Silage Science
Forage Variety Selection & Quality Considerations
Forage Harvest Management
Silage Storage & Management
TMR Mixing Procedure & Maintenance
Feed out and Feed Bunk Management

How It Works

This is a seven week course offered online through Moodle, an easy-to-use online interface viewed on your personal computer’s web browser. Presentations for each topic are prerecorded and are accessible whenever is convenient to the participant.  An optional live Q & A session with presenters is held on Thursday's weekly via an online webinar. Corresponding assignments are due each week. To get the most out of the experience, you should expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week on the lessons and assignments.

This course has been approved for a maximum of 2.1 CEUs from the Cornell School of Continuing Education.   Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate notifying you of the CEUs awarded.