|The annual Mealani Forage Field Day is an educational outreach program put on by the CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service. It brings the latest information on forage-based livestock production to Hawaii's livestock industry. The programs goal is to help create a livestock industry that is ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable. Topics include forage production systems and technology, market development opportunities and incentives, and consumer education about the benefits of forage-based animal production.
Increasing demand for Hawaii-grown grass-fed beef is based on its growing reputation for high quality, as well as its year-round availability. Hawaii's ranchers face a tremendous opportunity in exporting Hawaii grass-finished beef to select U.S. mainland markets. Field Day presentations and panel discussions address critical issues affecting the successful movement of products from pasture to plate, involving a broad range of industry participants and helper agencies. The Mealani Forage Field Day brings together those who are moving Hawaiis livestock industry toward creating healthy foods, a healthy economy, and a healthy environment.
Major funding for this program was provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service - Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (NRCS-GLCI).