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April 16 field day to improve odds for success in livestock operations

Value-added calf marketing, cattle genetics and a hands-on livestock workshop top the agenda for the April 16, 2019, Improve Your Odds for ROI field day at the Livestock and Forestry Research Station.

The station is part of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.


Cost is $25 per person and includes materials and lunch. Participants are encouraged to register before the event and let the station know if they plan to take part in the hands-on workshop. To register or obtain more information, contact Jenny Branscum, 870-793-7432.



The full agenda for the event: 

  • 8 a.m. – Registration
  • 9 a.m. – Value-added calf marketing – Shane Gadberry, professor – ruminant nutrition, U of A System Division of Agriculture.
  • 9:45 a.m. – Adding value to YOUR calves and YOUR beef industry – Eric Bailey, PhD PAS, University of Missouri Extension.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Break.
  • 10:40 a.m. – Winter annuals – still the best gain in town – Paul Beck, beef cattle extension specialist, Oklahoma State University.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Update on the Agricultural Experiment Station – Dr. Nathan McKinney, assistant director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. – Gambling on your breeding program – Charles Looney, professor-cattle improvement, U of A System Division of Agriculture.
  • 1:15 p.m. – Hands-on cattle health workshop – Jeremy Powell, DVM, U of A System Division of Agriculture, and Landon Watkins, Zoetis Animal Health.


The conference is sponsored in part by Zoetris.



University of Arkansas, by Mary Hightower




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