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March 23, 2015


Did you know that deworming now can help minimize parasites throughout the grazing season?

Internal parasites can lead to negative impacts on cattle performance and significantly affect the economics of your operation.  Parasites have been shown to reduce feed intake and decrease average daily gain, and these factors may in turn affect calf weaning weights and cow pregnancy rates.  Parasites in cows ramp up their egg production during the spring months.  Deworming cows now can help minimize the pasture contamination effect of this “spring rise”.

March Dairy E-News

March 17, 2015

March Dairy ENews

 With this newsletter, we strive to bring you the most current dairy information.

Featured Articles:

  • Calf Management
  • Fertilization of Alfalfa Stands
  • Understanding Silage Preservation Characteristics
  • Management Considerations for Holstein Heifer Development

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AFGC Spring Forage Tour April 24

March 16, 2015

The Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council will hold it’s annual Spring Forage Bus Tour on April 24 in Randolph and Lawrence Counties.

AFGC tour-2015

Did you know?

March 16, 2015


Poor grounding is one of the most common problems with electric fence.

Ground rods should be galvanized. Place in an area that is heavily shaded or holds moisture. Install a minimum of 3’ of ground rods for every output joule of the energizer. For energizers requiring multiple ground rods space the rods at least 10’ apart. Connect the ground rod(s) to the ground terminal of the energizer using 12.5 ga double insulated wire.

Beef Cattle Tips–March

March 11, 2015


It is March!!! Beef Cattle Tips is a monthly newsletter designed to remind you of timely production practices that could benefit your operation.  In this month’s issue we have come up with some tips for Spring Calving Herds which include: Breeding Soundness Evaluation, Checking body condition scores, Calf scours, Grass Tetany and more.

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Did you Know?

March 10, 2015


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued rules about so-called Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) aka drones for business purposes. The initial ruling will also affect potential uses in agricultural research and commercial applications such as monitoring crop fields and collecting digital data for precision agriculture.

A good summative article can be found here:…/faa-small-drone-rules-115207.html…

2015 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference Presentations Available on Vimeo

March 9, 2015

Program recordings of the 2015 River Valley Cattle Conference are now available on Vimeo.

Topics included

  1. Calf Management – Jeremy Powell of the UA Department of Animal Science.  This presentation was separated into 3 video files including managing calving difficulty, managing calf scours, managing respiratory disease, and preconditioning.
  2. What Type of Cattle Work Best for my Feedyard – Chris Burris of Ward Feedyard.
  3. What are Cattle Buyers Wanting – Mark Wedel of Ouachita Livestock Market.

Videos are available for viewing at:


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