With the sun shining this morning, green grass is just around the corner. Everyone in southern Illinois is anxious to see grass growing and the cattle pastures to dry up a little after an abundance of rainfall this winter. Cows are roaming the pastures in search of the first blades of grass.

At the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, most of the fall 2018 born calves have been weaned and transported to the main University of Illinois campus in Urbana for research trials. Remaining are approximately 260 fall born heifer calves from which approximately 150 will be selected for replacement heifers to breed this upcoming fall.

Steer calves whose dams were fed varying levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids in their diet in late gestation have been sent to the main campus to gather feed intake data and subsequent carcass data. Shorthorn sired calves from approximately 10 different bulls have also been transported to campus to gather feedlot and carcass data. This is part of a sire evaluation study for the American Shorthorn Association.

Animal Sciences at DSAC has been advertising for an assistant farm manager position. I am pleased to announce that following a successful search the position was offered and accepted by Lucas Neira. Lucas is currently a graduate student at the U of I and will be completing his master’s degree in animal sciences in May 2019. Following his graduation, Lucas and his family will be relocating to the DSAC.

For more information on programs at the U of I and the DSAC, please contact us at 618-695-2441.

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