THE UNIVERSITY of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service has created a user-friendly Web site to help buyers and sellers of purebred cattle.
“More and more, information is being placed on the Internet so that it's available to Arkansas producers when they want it,” said Tom Troxel, head of Extension's animal science section.
The Arkansas Beef Breeders Database is a Web-based database where Arkansas purebred breeders can list bulls and heifers for sale. The only enrollment eligibility requirement is that the ranch must be physically located in the state of Arkansas, Troxel said.
“This program was developed to assist purebred cattle producers and for those interested in purchasing purebred cattle,” he said.
“The purebred breeder can enter the data online or by downloading the Breeder Enrollment Form in a Word document or pdf file.”
The Breeder Enrollment Form asks for ranch contact information, Web site address, bull breeds available, ages of bulls, time of year bulls are available, any available information such as EPDs and ultrasounds and if replacement heifers are available.
“We've tried to make enrolling in the Arkansas Beef Breeders Database as easy as possible,” Troxel said.
“Cattle breeders can sort the database by county and by breed,” he said. “It's the responsibility of the producer to update their information. We hope this database becomes well used for Arkansas' purebred cattle industry.”
The information is on the animal science section of extension's home page at www.uaex.edu. To find the animal science information, click, on “Agriculture.” After arriving at the Agriculture home page, click on “Livestock and Forages.”