4 counties come together to help Arkansas cattlemen prep for the spring

Four Arkansas counties are coming together once again to help farmers prepare their herds for the upcoming spring season.

The North Central Arkansas Beef and Forage Conference is a joint effort between Fulton, Sharp, Izard and Independence county Cooperative Extension Service offices and will feature guest speakers discussing how to make operations smoother and increase profitability.

“Our goal with these conferences is to address the issues that frequently pop up in the spring for cattle producers,” said Brad Runsick, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Fulton and Ozark County extension agent. “We plan the conference based on our own observations, as agents, but also based on the feedback we get from folks when they call, come by or when we’re out on their farm.”

The Division of Agriculture experts speaking at the event include Runsick, and fellow North Central Arkansas county extension agents Nathan Reinhart of Independence County, Joe Moore of Sharp County and Michael Paskewitz of Izard County. The four will discuss aspects of spring weed management in pastures. Extension Entomologist Kelly Loftin will discuss beef cattle fly control and parasite management and Jeremy Powell, veterinarian and extension animal science professor, will speak about spring herd health.

Flint McCullough from the Farm Service Agency will also speak about potential federal drought recovery funds available to farmers.

A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

“I think that any producer, regardless of size, will take away something beneficial from attending, whether they’ve got two cows or 200,” Runsick said.

This year’s conference will be held Feb. 27 at Salem High School in Salem, Arkansas, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Deadline to register is Feb. 21. Registration is $10 per person and includes a meal. To register, drop off or mail a check made out to the Cooperative Extension Service, along with the names of the attendees to your local county extension office.

All counties are welcome to attend. For more information, contact your local county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu.