UACES Facebook Nov. 17 field day online: Healthier cattle, healthier bottom line
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Nov. 1, 2021

Nov. 17 field day online: Healthier cattle, healthier bottom line

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • Research, extension personnel discuss feed, toxic fescue, other health issues

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(Newsrooms: with file art from 2019 field day )

BATESVILLE, Ark. — Researchers from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Oklahoma State University will discuss their findings on bovine respiratory disease, anaplasmosis and other topics during an online field day Nov. 17 hosted by the Livestock and Forestry Research Station.

HANDS ON — Cattle field day participants listen to Don Hubbell, resident director of the Batesville station, as he hands-on portion of the April 16, 2019, field day begins. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo by Mary Hightower)

“There’s important research being done to help ranchers deal with significant topics such as anaplasmosis, bovine respiratory disease and toxic fescue exposure and calf health,” said Don Hubbell, director of the Livestock and Forestry Research Station for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station. “Maintaining a healthy herd improves the opportunity for profits for Arkansas cattle producers.”

“Healthier Cattle, Healthier Bottom Line” begins at 1 p.m. There’s no cost to attend. 

A recording of the field day will be available online. Presenters will be available for a live Q&A after the recorded presentations are complete.

The agenda for this year’s field day:

  • Bovine respiratory microbiome and bovine respiratory disease — Jiangchao Zhao, associate professor, Division of Agriculture.
  • Using technology to improve spring and fall breeding efficiency in the fescue belt — Charles Looney, professor-cattle improvement, extension specialist, Division of Agriculture.
  • Anaplasmosis in Beef Cattle — Lauren Thomas, DVM, clinical assistant professor and veterinarian, Bumpers College of Agricultural Food and Life Sciences.
  • Influence of prenatal exposure to toxic fescue on health and performance of weaned beef calves — Brittni Littlejohn, assistant professor, Division of Agriculture.
  • Beef Cattle Market Outlook: Profitability Drivers and Marketing Opportunities – James Mitchell, assistant professor - livestock marketing and management, extension specialist, Division of Agriculture.
  • Is Summer Supplementation of Stocker Calves Cost Effective? — Paul Beck, associate professor animal and food sciences, Oklahoma State University.

To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture, visit Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.


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 offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Media contact: Mary Hightower