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Discuss beef cattle management at Dudley Smith Farm winter meeting

Black Angus cow standing in a snowy, grassy pasture amongst evergreen trees.

URBANA, Ill. — Discussions and decisions made during the winter months can impact managing a beef cattle operation all year. The Dudley Smith Winter Farm Meeting is a chance to come together to learn through the farm’s traditions, sustainable agriculture practices, and hands-on research opportunities.

The winter meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County Office located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. A free lunch is provided.  

Winter meeting topics will include:

  • Reducing fertilizer use on cattle farms.
  • The art and science of a successful grazier.
  • The impacts of cover crops on planting dates.
  • Discuss the related University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign crop sciences updates from ongoing research projects at the Dudley Smith Farm.  

There is no cost to attend the meeting. Advance registration is required for lunch by Feb. 13. Check out the full agenda, speakers, and registration at

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact Cassie O’Connell at or call 217-287-7246. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs. 

SOURCE: Cassie O’Connell, marketing and communications program coordinator, Illinois Extension 

WRITER: Jenna Braasch, media communications coordinator, Illinois Extension 

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