Livestock industries contribute $2.5 billion to the state’s economy, and beef cattle production is one of the most important sectors of the state’s agricultural enterprise. LSU AgCenter researchers study how to improve cattle production at research stations across the state. AgCenter Extension agents in every parish connect producers with their findings.
In this issue of Louisiana Agriculture magazine, livestock agents and research faculty describe the many programs they have developed to educate cattle producers and help 4-H’ers raise and show animals. Producers discuss what they have learned from Master Cattleman classes, and writer V. Todd Miller details how some cattle raisers have decided to sell meat directly to customers. Also, AgCenter forage scientists explain how to grow higher quality food for cattle and other ruminant animals.
Ashley K. Edwards
AgCenter researchers and extension agents assist producers daily by finding ways to make raising animals more profitable and educating those who raise and care for livestock.
Ashley K. Edwards, Vince Deshotel, Jason E. Holmes, A. Lee Faulk, Andrew Granger Stan Dutile, Bradley Pousson and Gary M. Hay
Educational courses for new and experienced cattle producers have been designed by AgCenter professionals.
Cousins Adam and Jonathan Knight are part of a cattle-producing family, but they still benefitted from the AgCenter Master Cattleman class.
V. Todd Miller
Some cattle raisers see the benefits of selling their products directly to buyers, and AgCenter experts have helped them learn.
Performing breeding soundness exams on bulls across Acadiana, AgCenter agents have seen an improvement in the health of bulls meant for breeding.
Ashley Edwards, Lee Faulk, Vincent Deshotel, Jason E. Holmes
Cattle producers who want to raise healthy heifers to replace females culled from their herds can learn from the experts at the AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station through this innovative program.
Jason E. Holmes, Vincent Deshotel, Ashley K. Edwards and A. Lee Faulk
After the COVID-19 pandemic, AgCenter livestock agents developed innovative ways to connect online with cattle producers.
For the LeLeu family of Arnaudville, raising animals for 4-H shows is a lifestyle. The parents and three children all chip in to ensure everyone succeeds.
The Louisiana 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program empowers high school-age 4-H’ers to educate others about the livestock industry.
Ed Twidwell and Kun-Jun Han
Good livestock production depends on forage, the grasses and legumes used to feed animals. AgCenter faculty can help producers measure their forage quality.
M.W. Alison and W.D. Pitman
Clovers are high-quality forages for livestock, and they provide many benefits to those who grow them.
A. Lee Faulk, Vincent Deshotel, Jason E. Holmes and Ashley K. Edwards
Cattle producers can attend classes focused on pregnancy determination and artificial insemination taught by AgCenter experts.
Andrew Granger, A. Lee Faulk, Stan Dutile, Vince Deshotel and Jason E. Holmes
At beef and forage field days, AgCenter faculty speak directly to cattle producers to disseminate research-based information.
Dr. Christine B. Navarre
New technologies are improving livestock and poultry medicine. New vaccines and antibiotic alternatives make animals healthier, and telehealth can lead to more convenient care.
Hannah Devall longed to show animals at 4-H shows. She had to work hard to make her dream a reality, and today she helps 4-H’ers reach their goals.
V. Todd Miller
The 3+1 program allowed the LSU College of Agriculture student to begin training at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine early.