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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.


Recordkeeping with Spreadsheets Workshop to be held June 6th at the Livestock and Forestry Research Station

May 2, 2017

On June 6th, 2017 there will be a recordkeeping with spreadsheets workshop, sponsored by First Community Bank of Batesville, from 10am to 2pm at the Livestock and Forestry Research Station, 70 Experiment Drive, Batesville, AR.  Registration is $25 per participant and includes lunch and a workshop manual.  There is limited seating and pre-registration is required.  You can pre-register and obtain more information by calling 501-671-2177.  The workshop is being led by Dr. Shane Gadberry with the Department of Animal Science.  Dr. Gadberry will teach the basic concepts of using spreadsheets for recordkeeping including: layout, formulas, sorting and filtering, and summarizing with pivot tables.  The workshop begins with a blank spreadsheet and teaches all concepts through the build and summarization of a cow herd inventory. A laptop with Windows and Microsoft Excel will be available for use by participants; however, participants are welcomed to bring their own Windows based laptop if it is preinstalled with Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice.

2017 River Valley Cattle Conference recordings now available

March 31, 2017

The 2017 River Valley Cattle Conference recordings are now available.  Speakers and topics during the 2017 Conference included:

Brian Williams, Mississippi State University – Decisions that reduce costs and add income (50 min)

Robert Wells, Noble Foundation – Using EPDs for profit (1hr, 4min)

Shane Gadberry, University of Arkansas – Supplementation: balancing cost and convenience (31 min)


Videos can be viewed at


Upcoming Forage Conferences:

February 28, 2017