Sustainable beef grazing project on view in Illinois
URBANA, Ill. – A first-hand look at an economical, environmentally friendly way to increase farm income can be had on 228 acres of farmland located midway between Pana and Taylorville, Illinois.
“It’s a place where people can come, see for themselves, and take home information they can use,” explained Ed Ballard, a retired University of Illinois Extension animal systems educator who oversees a cattle grazing project on the U of I’s Dudley Smith Farm.
The project utilizes year-round grazing to support about 60 head of beef cattle, explained Dan Faulkner, U of I Extension beef specialist.
“There are several alternative techniques that can increase cattle performance or reduce input costs of forage-based beef production systems,” he explained. “But how these technologies affect the total beef production system is not completely understood.”