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May 19, 2015

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The newly developing relations between the US and Cuba may open ag-trade opportunities including those for trading beef. See this link for a short summary of a recent Senate hearing on the topic:


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May 12, 2015

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Cows at electric lines

The size energizer needed to power an electric fence is dependent on several factors such as; the number of acres, the length of the fence, number of electrified wires, type of livestock, and severity of conditions.

As a general rule of thumb one output joule is needed for every 3 miles of wire. This rating is different from the manufacturer’s rating. Manufacturer’s ratings are often based on ideal conditions. The 3:1 rule is based upon observations collected from demonstration farms.

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May 4, 2015

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One serving of beef is 3 ounces and provides more than half of your required protein for the day.  It is also a source of all the necessary amino acids and research shows naturally nutrient-rich beef can be an important part of a heart-healthy diet.


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April 30, 2015

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Goat meat, also called chevon, is the most popular meat consumed around the world. Goat is growing in popularity in the U.S. not only because of the growing ethnic populations that historically consume goat meat, but also because of its lower saturated fat and low cholesterol profile.

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April 20, 2015

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Did you know that growth promoting technologies used in beef production increase growth rate by up to 30%, improve feed efficiency by up to 40%, and carcass weights by 10% increasing the food production per animal, reducing resources needed for food production, and reducing the environmental impact of beef production.

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April 15, 2015

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Feeding hay under polywire with second days hay unrolled

More than 25,800 farm in Arkansas produce beef cattle. The average herd size is 35 head with 81 percent of the farms having fewer than 50 head. About 97 percent of the beef cattle farms are family owned and operated. Arkansas has 1.64 million cows and calves as of January 1, 2015 with 863,000 beef cows and 7,000 dairy cows.

Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council’s 2015 Forage Bus Tour

April 13, 2015

The Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Spring Forage Bus Tour will be Friday, April 24. Tour headquarters will be at the Pocahontas livestock auction in Randolph County. Registration is at 8:30 and buses will load at 9:30 and will return by 4:30. This tour will be an excellent opportunity for producers to see how good forage management practices can extend the grazing season on local farms. For more information or to pre-register call the Lawrence County or Randolph County extension offices.


AFGC tour-2015


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