CENTER RIDGE, Ark. — United States Congressman Mark Pryor, D-Ark., will speak at an information-packed University of Arkansas Dairy Field Day, Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Ark-Tenn Dairy at Center Ridge in Conway County.

Pryor will discuss agricultural issues before Congress, says Jodie Pennington, dairy specialist with the UA Cooperative Extension Service.

Pennington said the field day is designed to update dairy producers about new technology and recommended management practices on the farm. Producers will have the opportunity to discuss issues with experts.

"Although the field day is designed mainly for dairy producers, much of the information presented would also be valuable for dairy goat and beef producers," he said.

University experts from Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas will address topics such as treatments for staph infections, economics of grazing versus confinement, fall forages, effects of vitamins and minerals for dairy cattle, bio-security on the farm and knowing fly pests and how to control them.

A noon catfish meal is sponsored by several companies serving dairy producers. Ivory Lyles, associate vice president for agriculture-extension, will speak after lunch, and Pryor will speak at 1 p.m.

"There will be time after the meeting to tour the Ark-Tenn Dairy, a modern 1,000-cow dairy farm. It's one of the largest and most modern facilities in the state," noted Pennington.

The dairy is on Wolverton Mountain on the west side of state Hwy. 9 about four miles north of Center Ridge or 11 miles south of Choctaw (Van Buren County).

For more information, contact Conway County Extension Agent Tommy Thompson at 501-354-9618.