Danny F. Coombs, Chaney, John A. | 4/30/2005 3:00:53 AM
The LSU AgCenter’s Rosepine Research Station will host its annual Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day May 5.
Cosponsored by the Beauregard Parish Cattlemen’s Association, the event will feature tours of research plots at the station and will include the 18th annual Beauregard Cattlemen’s Trade Show. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.
Manufacturers and dealers will open the trade show at noon, and the show will feature exhibits on the latest developments in the production of forage and livestock. Displays will include tractors, implements, trucks, trailers, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, feed, fertilizers, seed, livestock equipment, animal health products, livestock marketing, fencing, farm financial service and other business services.
LSU AgCenter personnel will conduct two tours during the field day – one focused on beef cattle and the other on forage production. To allow participants to take part in the both tours, the first round of tours will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the second will begin at 4 p.m.
The tours will include information on the LSU AgCenter’s work on beef cattle grazing projects, an update on using an animal’s ability to transmit genetic traits to offspring using the Expected Progeny Difference or EPDs and a cattle handling demonstration. The forage tour will include ryegrass variety studies, pasture and hay fertilization and a demonstration on the proper calibration of a herbicide spreader using an all-terrain vehicle.
A complimentary meal will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the trade show and field day will close at 7 p.m.
Industry representatives and LSU AgCenter faculty members also will be on hand for individual consultations with producers during the event, and numerous LSU AgCenter publications and commercial publications will be available for producers.
In addition to the field day activities, the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association will conduct a session of its Beef Quality Assurance Program beginning at 9 a.m. The program is free to LCA members. Nonmembers will have an opportunity to join the association or pay a $50 fee to participate in the program.
For more information about the field day, contact the Rosepine Research Station at (337) 463-7708 or visit www.lsuagcenter.com/inst/research/stations/rosepine. You also may obtain general information on LSU AgCenter programs from a county agent in your parish’s LSU AgCenter Extension office.
The LSU AgCenter’s Rosepine Research Station serves beef cattle and forage producers in western and central Louisiana and has a history of providing practical, applicable information for them, as well as other producers in the state. The station is located 2 miles north of Rosepine on U.S. Highway 171.