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Feb. 25, 2020

March Cooperative Extension workshops to focus on beef, forage

By Ryan McGeeney
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts:

  • Beef workshop: March 9 in Ashdown
  • Forage workshop: March 19 in Texarkana
  • $10 to attend either; RSVP required

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ASHDOWN, Ark. —Cattle and forage producers can sharpen their management skills at two upcoming workshops from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.

BETTER BEEF — Ranchers, cattle producers and other agricultural industry professionals will have the opportunity to brush up on their cattle and forage knowledge at two upcoming workshops, March 9 and March 19, from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.

While Arkansas ranks 11th nationally in beef production, the state’s producers have had their share of difficulties in the last few years. In 2012-13, drought made a $128 million impact. In 2015 and last year, many producers battled severe flooding. The ability to make solid management decisions amid uncertainty is critical.

“What can you do differently on your cattle and forage operation to make a difference on your bottom line and quality of your products?” Jennifer Caraway, Miller County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, asked.

“The information we are providing at these meetings will give producers an opportunity to take a look at their management style and see where they can add to or change their methods to start making new, foreseeable impacts,” she said. “We are providing critical information to help producers make better management decisions on their operation. 

March 9, Ashdown

The first workshop, focusing on beef, will be held March 9 in Ashdown, Arkansas, at Cossatot Community College, located at 1411 N. Constitution Ave. Speakers will focus on bull and female selection, body condition scoring, vaccination and deworming.

March 19, Texarkana

The second workshop, focusing on forage, will be held March 19 in Texarkana, Arkansas, at the Maddox Ranch, located at 8950 Old Harrison Chapel Road. Speakers will focus on rotational grazing, price protection options and drought insurance. The agenda will also spotlight Natural Resources Conservation Service prescribed grazing, the Division of Agriculture's “300 Days of Grazing” approach and establishing a forage stand. Continuing education credit is available for attending the NRCS prescribed grazing portion.

Each workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. The cost to attend either is $10, and lunch will be provided. Individuals planning to attend must RSVP 24 hours ahead of each meeting to Janet Smallwood at 870-779-3609 or

The workshops are sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, the Little River County Cattlemen’s Association, Silveus Insurance Group, Miller Bowie Cooperative and Davis Feed.

To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

 The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact Janet Smallwood at 870-779-3609 or as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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Media Contact: Ryan McGeeney
Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2120