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February 28, 2017


Extension Launches Webpage Devoted to Cattle Working Facilities

October 5, 2017

The keystone of good animal welfare and beef quality assurance is cattle working facilities.  University of Arkansas’s beef cattle specialist, Shane Gadberry, working alongside county Extension agents across the state with support of the Arkansas Beef Checkoff are working together to bring a new perspective to this topic.  The webpage is a go to source to download the Extension publication, Cattle Working Facilities (MP239).  The webpage also provides details on pen size, feed bunk space, and shade area.  There are also links to equipment manufacturers.   The new perspective this webpage is offering is being captured at 50 to 250 foot above the ground.  The webpage connects visitors to video footage and still aerial images of working facilities captured using the Animal Science Department’s drone.  Anyone planning to build or update their facility can watch videos to get a birds-eye view of facility layouts other producers around the state have envisioned.  Dr. Gadberry sees this as just the beginning of what can be a very useful site.  The goal is to capture facilities that have some practical aspects and offer examples scaled from the smallest to very large operations.  Topography and existing infrastructure prohibits a one-size fits all approach to designs.  The goal with this project is to illustrate what others have done so their fellow cattle producers can glean from those ideas and adapt what fits their operation.  The web address is  . A person can navigate to the site by going to and click on the Farm & Ranch – Animals and Forages link then using the left navigation pane click the Beef Cattle – Beef Cattle Handling Facilities link.

How are you planning to feed hay this winter?

September 28, 2017
Feeding hay without the protection of feeders can result in 20% or greater hay waste. This can increase the cost of hay consumed by more than $30 per cow over winter. Consider using a bale feeder that has a metal sheet around the bottom or a feeder that cradles the hay in the center of the feeder to minimize waste. Unrolling hay is a good way to prevent excessive mud bog and disperse nutrients; however, UA demonstrations have estimated as much as 15% waste with unrolling. To reduce waste with unrolling hay, producers have devised methods to control waste. One method includes limiting the amount unrolled to no more than what is estimated based the herds daily intake. Another method involves placing a single strand electrified polywire down the middle of the unrolled hay swath causing the herd to stand and eat at the swath like standing at a trough, and the electrified wire also helps prevent cows using the swath for bedding.DSCN1156

What does a bale of hay weigh?

September 27, 2017

This 4×5 round bale of mostly bermudagrass weighed 730 lbs.  Other bales in the lot weighed from 718 to 756lbs.  This bale will feed one beef cow for approximately 22 days (assuming 20% feeding waste). file

Tissue Sampling Unit

September 22, 2017

Shane Gadberry demonstrates using a Tissue Sampling Unit for rapid collection of samples for DNA testing.


SWREC will host a Field Day in conjunction with Southeast Select Sires

September 22, 2017

On October 24th the SWREC will host a Field Day in conjunction with Southeast Select Sires. We will show some results from a demonstration we have been collaborating on with Select Sires. Herd Sires from SE Select Sires have been used to AI the SWREC cowherd for the last 2 years. Progeny from these matings will be shown and presentations will include the Economic and Production Advantages of AI and Preseason Breeding Checklist and Synch Protocols how to choose the right one.

2017 Select Sires Field Day Hope Oct 24th

The Genomics Revolution

September 22, 2017

On October 7 Red Bud Farms in Ben Lomond, AR will host a field day “The Genomics Revolution”, this program is an combined effort of UA, Noble Foundation, LSU, OKstate, TAMU and Zoetis. It will feature speakers from UA, Noble Foundation, Zoetis, and the International Brangus Breeders Association. Topics will include: Sire Selection, Genomics, Advantages of AI, EPDs, Bull evaluation…



Become a Leader

September 20, 2017

The LeadAR Program is recruiting Arkansans who want to make a difference in their organizations and communities. Gain a deeper understanding of public issues, develop personally, and strengthen leadership skills to improve your community. Learn more at Application deadline is October 15, 2017.