LOUISBURG — The popular Annual Five-County BEEF free tour will be held this year on Thursday, June 11, and will be hosted by Franklin County. The five counties on the tour include Franklin, Vance, Granville, Warren and Wake; however, interested producers from throughout the region are invited to attend and participate in this educational, informative tour.
Registration will take place starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center, at the intersection of 401 (Bickett Boulevard.) and Highway 56 E in Louisburg.
The first stop on the tour will be Rolling M Acres Farm, owned by Mike Makar and family in the Pilot community. This farm is a commercial Angus farm with a research-based face fly study discussion. Pasture management using poultry litter will also be presented.
The second stop will be at Ray Family Farm, owned by Chad Ray and family. At this stop, direct marketing grass-fed belted Galloway beef will be discussed, as well as using current technologies such as blogging, Facebook, website designing and more. Various types of summer forages will be demonstrated.
The third stop will be at Springfield Angus, owned by Dr. Phil Goodson. This farm is known nationally for producing top-quality Angus cattle. Learn about his breeding and nutritional program on raising top genetics Angus. A representative from NRCS will briefly discuss the new grazing program, Conservation Stewardship Program and how it relates to livestock producers.
Bryan Blinson, executive director of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association will be the guest speaker at lunch, giving an update on current issues and trends affecting the cattle industry. A sponsored ribeye steak lunch and door prizes will conclude the tour along with a mini-trade show.
Attendees must preregister by contacting Franklin County Cooperative Extension at 919-496-3344 or e-mail Martha Mobley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to register for the tour is Monday, June 8. To ride with a group, a county van will be leaving the Extension Center in Louisburg at 8 a.m.
To download a tour brochure, see “events” at franklin.ces.ncsu.edu.