CORVALLIS - Getting serious about growing and managing forages is the theme of the third annual western Oregon grazing conference scheduled for Nov. 8-9 at the Hodgepodge Restaurant in Springfield.

The conference, sponsored by the Oregon State University Extension Service, is intended for all livestock producers interested in improving their forage production.

The featured speaker is Ben Bartlett, Michigan State University livestock and dairy specialist.

"Bartlett is a nationally recognized speaker on grazing management who has traveled throughout the world to study various types of forage and grazing systems," said Gene Pirelli, Oregon State University Extension Service livestock agent in Polk County. Pirelli and Mylen Bohle, OSU Extension Service agriculture agent in Crook County, are co-organizers of the conference.

"The conference is designed to give producers a wealth of information on all aspects of animal and plant management," Pirelli added.

Other speakers at the conference include, Ron Hathaway and Rod Todd, OSU Extension Service livestock and forage agents in Klamath County; David Hannaway, OSU Extension Service forage specialist; Dave Chamberlain, OSU Extension Service livestock agent in Harney County; and Randy Dovel, head of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Department at Klamath Community College.

The cost of the workshop is $70 per person or $130 per couple. Registration by Nov. 5 is encouraged. For more information call the Polk County office of the OSU Extension Service at 503-623-8395; or e-mail:

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Gene Pirelli, 503-623-8395