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Arkansas dairy field day Aug. 26

CENTER RIDGE, Ark. — Rodney Baker, government affairs expert with the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, will speak at an information-packed University of Arkansas Dairy Field Day Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Ark-Tenn Dairy at Center Ridge in Conway County, Ark.

Baker will discuss agricultural issues in the upcoming Arkansas legislature, says Jodie Pennington, Arkansas Extension dairy specialist.

Pennington says the field day is designed to update dairy and beef producers about new technology and recommended management practices on the farm. Producers will have the opportunity to discuss issues with experts.

“Although the field day is designed mainly for dairy producers, much of the information presented will also be valuable for goat and beef producers,” he says.

University experts from Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas will address topics in the morning, including composting of dead cattle, seasonal grazing of cattle, dairy computer record-keeping, the national animal ID program, dairy reproduction and farm regulatory issues.

In the afternoon, Gary Huitink, Arkansas Extension engineer, will moderate a session on farm safety, including liability and legal issues.

A noon catfish meal will be sponsored by several companies serving dairy producers.

“There will be time after the meeting to tour the Ark-Tenn Dairy, a modern 1,000-cow dairy farm. It’s one of the largest and most modern facilities in the state,” says Tommy Thompson, Conway County Extension agent.

The dairy is on Wolverton Mountain on the west side of state Hwy. 9, about four miles north of Center Ridge or 11 miles south of Choctaw (Van Buren County).

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