James E. Devillier, Merrill, Thomas A. | 5/4/2005 2:12:20 AM
Cattle producers from the area and across the state are invited to attend the LSU AgCenter’s Forage-based Bull Test Field Day May 21.
The program, which will be conducted at the Dixon Correctional Institute feedlot near Jackson, will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the first presentations at 10 a.m., according to Dr. James E. Devillier, an LSU AgCenter agent who coordinates this testing program for the AgCenter.
Topics to be addressed include managing bulls during the off season, the influence of internal parasites on bull fertility, exit velocity as a means of assessing bull disposition and other opportunities for bull evaluation.
Speakers for the program include LSU AgCenter beef specialist Dr. Bill Davis and AgCenter animal scientist Dr. Don Franke, as well as Wayne Womack of Grandview Genetics and noted parisitologist Dr. James Hawkins of Merial Animal Health.
The testing program is conducted in cooperation with the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections at the feedlot, which is part of the Dixon Correctional Institute’s farm and is operated by Prison Enterprises.
Devillier said the current test involves 68 bulls representing 9 breeds and 17 breeders that are on forage tests at the feedlot.
"The bulls are being grazed fulltime on Jackson ryegrass with minerals fed free choice," Devillier said. "The 90-day average daily gain was 3.22 pounds, and the current trial will end May 18, so final results will be available for the field day."
The Dixon Feedlot is located on Louisiana Highway 19 approximately 2 miles south of Wilson and 3.5 miles north of the intersection of highways 19 and 10 known as McManus Crossing.
For more information, call Devillier at (225) 683-3101 or contact a county agent in your parish LSU AgCenter Extension office.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture