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Montgomery County
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Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

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Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

U of I Extension to Host Dudley Smith Farm Beef Cow-Calf Field Day June 15

University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 will be hosting the Dudley Smith Farm Beef Cow-Calf Field Day on June 15 at the University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm located off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, IL. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the program will conclude at 12:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend and to learn more about the valuable research taking place on the Dudley Smith Farm. Lunch will be provided for those who preregister.  The Dudley Smith Farm is located just off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, Illinois (2200 E. 600 North Rd.).
The first presenter will be Frank Ireland—Research Specialist at the University of Illinois - Dixon Springs Research Center. Frank’s presentation will key in on “Managing Different Types of Fescue Grasses in Illinois”.  Ireland will discuss research projects involving Ky31 and Novel fescue, and how producers can use these combinations in their grazing programs in Illinois.

The program will also feature Ted Krauskopf a beef producer from Highland, IL. Ted will share: “The Role of High Density Grazing in Central Illinois”. He will highlight how and where he is using high density grazing in his grazing program, and the do’s and don’ts of high density grazing based on his years as a cattle producer.

Participants will also hear from Dr. Neal Merchen from the University of Illinois ACES Office of Research and information on upcoming research projects on the Dudley Smith farm.  Dr. Merchen will also introduce many of the staff who will be working on a recently funded Dudley Smith Initiative dealing with nutrient management, crop production and water quality.  
The program is free, however participants are asked to register by Friday, June 10 to enjoy a meal provided by University of Illinois Extension Christian County and prepared by Sav-A-Lot Foods Inc., Pana, IL. Anyone interested in attending may register online by visit the Extension website at or by contacting Gary Letterly at the Taylorville Extension office by calling 217-287-7246 or emailing

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.


Local Contact: Gary Letterly, Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship,