Cattle Field Day Set For Sept. 14 In Opelousas

Thomas Normand, Granger, Andrew L., Dutile, Stanley J., Schultz, Bruce  |  9/9/2006 2:27:27 AM

News Release Distributed 09/08/06

OPELOUSAS, La. – Cattle producers can find out the latest strategies for improving their herds at the 10th annual Acadiana Cattle Producers’ Fall Field Day Sept. 14.

Registration starts at 4 p.m. at Dominique’s Stockyard in Opelousas.

Among the topics to be covered are controlling Chinese tallow trees along fence lines, animal nutrition and maintaining a cattle herd in difficult times.

Dr. Wayne Wyatt, LSU AgCenter cattle researcher at the Iberia Research Station, said cattle producers are preparing their herds for the winter, and nutrition and winter pasture will be of particular concern.

"That’s going to be pretty important, especially since some of the areas around Opelousas are extremely dry," he said.

A tour of the Doris LeBlanc farm will feature a demonstration on controlling Chinese tallow trees, privet and briars by Dr. Ed Twidwell, LSU AgCenter agronomy professor, and Keith Normand, LSU AgCenter county agent in St. Landry Parish.

Stan Dutile, LSU AgCenter county agent in Lafayette Parish, and Doug Gevedon of Gallagher Fencing will discuss installation of electric fencing systems. LeBlanc, who has a herd of Brangus cattle, recently installed electric fencing across his entire farm.

After the tour, dinner will be served when participants return to the stockyard.

Dr. Jason Rowntree, LSU AgCenter cattle specialist, also will talk about cow nutrition and give a cost comparison of direct feeding and ryegrass pasture. And Dr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M animal science professor, will discuss maintaining and building a cow herd in the face of predictions of a declining cattle market.

The event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and the Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council.

For more information, contact LSU AgCenter county agents Keith Normand in St. Landry at (337) 948-0561, Stan Dutile in Lafayette at (337) 291-7090 or Andrew Granger in Vermilion at (337) 898-4335.

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Contacts:
Keith Normand at (337) 948-0561 or knormand@agcenter.lsu.edu
Stan Dutile at (337) 291-7090 or sdutile@agcenter.lsu.edu
Andrew Granger at (337) 898-4335 or agranger@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer:
Bruce Schultz at (337) 788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

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