MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will hold a beef and forage field day at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Southeast Research and Extension Center.


The center is located at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. On-site registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and the program is free. Dinner will be served.


The field day will feature in-depth discussions on four essential topics to herd and pasture management, led by Division of Agriculture experts.


Rocky Lindsey, assistant professor of animal science at the UAM School of Agriculture, will discuss the evaluation of replacement heifers. Bill Headlee, an assistant professor at UAM specializing in forest measurements and natural resource biometrics, will present the benefits of shade trees for cattle. Kelly Loftin, extension entomologist for the Division of Agriculture, will speak about fall armyworms. Kelly Bryant, dean and director of the Southeast Research and Extension Center, along with program associate Greg Montgomery and Amanda Foust, graduate student in Forestry and Natural Resources, will discuss residual feed intake.


Bryant said the field day will be packed with information cattle producers will find key to improving their operations.


“I’m excited about this year’s field day,” Bryant said. “Over the last year or two, Division of Agriculture scientists have been collecting and analyzing data that I believe our beef and forage producers will find very useful. For example, researchers have observed and recorded animal behavior in the presence of various options for shade and have summarized the benefits shade trees provide to a cattle operation.


“Other researchers have measured the efficacy of various options for fall armyworm control and can provide recommendations to forage growers,” he said. “Still another study sent 69 calves to a feeding facility where the residual feed intake for each animal was measured and linked to the sire. This information is useful when choosing herd bulls.”


To learn about cattle production and grazing pasture management in Arkansas, contact a Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu. For field day details, contact Kelly Bryant at bryantk@uamont.edu or 870-460-1091.


— Ryan McGeeney is with the U of A System Division of Agriculture.