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Upcoming Field Day To Focus On Forage & Pasture Conditions For Beef

Fast Facts:

  1. Upcoming field day will address grazing study and other research geared toward cattle producers
  2. Attendance is free

Producers throughout the state are invited to the Oct. 22 Beef/Forage Field Day in Monticello. The event will be held at the Southeast Research and Extension Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Extension experts wit the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are scheduled to present information on spray application technology, mob grazing and smartphone apps for agriculture.

Kelly Bryant, director of the Southeast Research and Extension Center, said the event will expose attendees to ongoing research, as well as information they can put to work right away.

“I always enjoy the interaction between cattlemen, industry representatives, legislators and the Division of Ag at these field days,” Bryant said.  “This year we will introduce a study that we just initiated recently — It will be years before enough data is generated to yield conclusive results, but we want our clientele to know what they are seeing when they drive by our station.  But we’ll also present information that the audience can begin using immediately.”

Jaret Rushing, Calhoun County cooperative extension staff chair, will discuss cattle industry lingo.

“It’s designed to give folks the background on terminology they haven’t heard, or maybe they’ve heard their whole lives and just never had the courage to ask what it really means,” Rushing said. “A few of these terms will raise an eyebrow. It’s meant to be fun, but it’s informative, too.”

Dirk Philip, associate professor of animal science at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, will discuss an ongoing mob grazing study, which is designed to measure the effects of grazing strategies on cattle weight gain.

“Although this is just the first year of the study, producers will learn about the experimental setup, data we collect, and long-term strategies for improving the sustainability of cattle production in southeastern Arkansas,” Philip said.

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