Researching Critical Issues for Arkansas Cattlemen” will be the theme of an April 18 field day and conference at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture's Livestock and Forestry Branch Station near Batesville, Ark. Presentations will include:

  • Ken Coffey, UA animal science professor, will present research results on successful beef production using only the endophyte-infected Ky 31 fescue and bermudagrass that most ranchers already have in their pastures.

  • John Richeson, Arkansas Beef Improvement Program (ABIP) associate, will share observations from stocker receiving work at the Batesville station.

  • Paul Beck, UA animal science assistant professor, will summarize a three-year study comparing infected fescue to novel-endophyte varieties and winter small-grain forages for stocker calf production.

  • Following lunch, Bill Mies, vice president of national accounts for eMerge Interactive, will discuss the future of marketing cattle in Arkansas. He has served as technical advisor to the Beef Quality Assurance Task Force of the National Cattlemen's Association.

  • Tom Troxel, Cooperative Extension Service animal science section leader, will present an analysis of “Factors affecting the selling price of calves in Arkansas Markets in 2000 vs. 2005.”

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and the program will conclude at 2:30 p.m. A $10 registration fee will cover lunch and handouts.

The Livestock and Forestry Branch Station is on Hwy. 106 about 8 miles northwest of Batesville.

For more information go to www.batesvillestation.org or contact station director Don Hubbell at (870) 793-7432 or dhubbell@uark.edu.