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Arkansas meetings outline options for managing cattle in drought

Arkansas meetings outline options for managing cattle in drought
Two dates for managing cattle in drought: Sept. 8 in Hope, Sept. 13 in Glenwood. Participation limited to 125 people per site. Register by calling your county Extension office.

Feed options and tax implications for cattle herd reduction are among the topics to be covered in two drought management meetings set for Sept. 8 in Hope and Sept. 13 in Glenwood.

Participation is limited to 125 people per site and participants must register before the event.

The cost is $10 and producers are asked to contact their county extension office to register.

The Sept. 8 meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Research and Extension Center 362 Highway 174 North, in Hope. The Sept. 13 meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Cattlemen’s Livestock Barn, 56 U.S. Hwy. 70 East in Glenwood.

“Chronic drought has been particularly hard on cattle producers,” said Paul Beck, associate professor-animal science with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. “Fewer hay cuttings, less forage and wider areas of drought are forcing producers to look at other options. We want to provide them a range of options to help them make good decisions going into the fall.”

Speakers include John Jennings, professor-forage and Shane Gadberry, associate professor-ruminant nutrition.

Topics include:

  • Getting through the winter with small grains.
  • Making your farm resilient to drought.
  • Stretching your hay with crop residues and by-product feeds.
  • Tax implications of selling your cowherd.

For more information on cattle production, contact your county Extension agent or visit

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