Wednesday, May 6

2015’s Braud Cattle Farm Field Day Draws a Crowd of More Than 200

Dr. Gary Hay from the LSU AgCenter discusses Body Condition Scoring with field day attendees.

Dr. Ron Strahan, an LSU weed scientist, teaches participants how to improve the condition of a pasture.

Event was co-hosted by Southern University and LSU Ag Center’s

Amite, LA- Over 200 ranchers, farmers, families and Tangipahoa Master Gardeners attended the 2015 Braud Cattle Farm Field Day on Saturday, May 2 in Amite, La. at the Braud Cattle Ranch.

The event, which was presented by Mr. Malcolm Braud, Southern University and Louisiana State University Ag Centers, provided individuals involved in the beef cattle industry with information on everything from cattle handling to land management techniques.

Activities began with a welcome and introduction by SU Ag Center Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent for St. Helena & Tangipahoa Parishes, Ahmad R. Robertson. Followed by a series of sessions on the following topics:
  • ·         Body Condition Scoring, presented by Dr. Gary Hay, Professor and Extension Specialist of Dairy Science at the LSU AgCenter.
  • ·         Pasture Improvement & Management, presented by Dr. Ron Strahan, Associate Professor at the LSU College of Agriculture’s School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences.
  • ·         Herd Health Programs Prevention vs. Treatment and Beef Cattle Herd Management Practices Surveys, both presented by Ahmad R. Robertson.

The afternoon session focused on castration, feeder cattle, new animal health products and regulations.

Producers left the field day with information that will help them become prepared for the current market, enable them to build their own cow herds, and better manage their pastures.

“If you follow the cattle market at all, you’ll know that cattle prices are at historical highs. This market price increase has certainly been reflected in the meat counter at your grocery store,” said Robertson. “St. Helena & Tangipahoa beef cattle producers who are enjoying the increase in prices are also facing those same high prices when purchasing cattle to expand their herds,” he added.


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