Graze milo to save on winter feed expenses, says MU Extension agronomist

(Photo courtesy of Kansas State University Research and Extension.)

University of Missouri Extension agronomist Rusty Lee will tell why grazing milo saves livestock producers money Oct. 6 at the MU Wurdack Extension and Education Center Producer Field Day. He will share his experiences with grazing milo for the past eight years.

Strip-grazing milo can reduce winter feed expenses, says Lee. He will tell why this drought-tolerant grain offers high total digestible nutrients but requires some supplementation with high-quality hay, meal or other source.

Lee says grazing milo grain as an alternative feed in the winter requires little expense. There is no hauling and only poly wire electric fencing that can be moved daily.

Other speakers at the free event include ag business specialist Rachel Hopkins and livestock specialist Eric Meusch, who will discuss the economics of keeping cattle through drought and how to manage herds through forage shortages.

Other topics of interest to row crop and livestock producers:

• John Travlos will give an overview of using information from MU’s weather stations across the state.

• Feral hog outreach educator Kevin Crider will tell how MU Extension and partners are working to eliminate feral hog populations in southern Missouri.

The MU Wurdack Extension and Education Center is at 164 Bales Road, Cook Station. The event is free but registration is required. For registration and directions, go to