A field day at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Livestock and Forestry Branch Experiment Station at Batesville, Ark., April 17 will feature science-based management strategies for livestock, forage and timber operations.
The program, Management Based on Research, begins at 9 a.m. It will feature a barbecue lunch and conclude about 3 p.m.
“We will be discussing and showing how doing the little things right may make a difference in your operation,” said Don Hubbell, resident director of the station. “We will especially focus on things that cattlemen with operations of all sizes can do.”
The morning sessions are devoted to livestock and forage production, Hubbell said. Topics will include managing weeds in bermudagrass, feed supplements, grazing options, managing over-seeded pastures and bermudagrass varieties. The morning will wrap up with “10 things you can take home to use now.”
Just before lunch, Richard Bell, Arkansas secretary of agriculture, will speak about current agriculture issues in Arkansas. Since the legislature is meeting this spring he will have several issues to talk about to bring agriculture enthusiasts up to date.
The afternoon sessions will be devoted to forestry management and production. Topics will include managing pine stands, harvesting and marketing timber and basic tree measurements.
“Many cattlemen also have timber resources and we think that the forestry part of the Livestock and Forestry Branch Station will be just as interesting and important,” Hubbell said.
The Livestock and Forestry Branch Station is located 10 miles north of Batesville on Hwy. 69. Take Hwy. 106 west 2 miles to the entrance.
For more information about the field day, call (870) 793-7432 or check the Livestock and Forestry Branch Station Website: http://www.batesvillestation.org.