Beef Cattle Producers Session

Click to register for sessionsBeef Program
Monday, January 9, 2023
6-9 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Board Room Building

Moderator– Dr. Kwame Matthews, Ph.D, Delaware State University Small Ruminant Specialist

Changes in Antibiotic Access for Beef Cattle Producers, VCPR’s and Building a Successful Relationship with a Veterinarian
 Dr. Tara Gaab, VMD, Diplomate, American College of Animal Welfare, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware

Dinner BreakSponsored by Delaware Beef Advisory Board

7:15- 8:15
Bale Grazing: Simple, Cheap, and Effective Way to Winter Cattle
Greg Halich, Beef Cattle Producer and Extension Livestock Economics Specialist, University of Kentucky

8:15- 8:35
Effects of Bale Grazing on Soil
Summer Thomas, Masters Student Virginia Tech University

8:35  Questions and Wrap Up

Dr. Tara Gaab, VMD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware where she teaches courses such as Introduction to Equine Science, Functional Anatomy, Equine Disease and Lameness,and Animal Behavior. She has a B.S. in Animal Science from Pennsylvania State University and completed her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She came to UD from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine where she did her Residency in the Food Animal Field Service at New Bolton Center.  She holds active licenses to practice veterinary medicine in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland and is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council.  Her interests include preventative care and husbandry practices of dairy and beef cattle, small ruminants, equids, camelids, and swine and animal welfare and compliance of university and commercial standards in dairy and beef cattle, small ruminants, equids, camelids, and swine.

Greg Halich is an Extension Livestock Economics Specialist at the University of Kentucky and part of the UK Beef Center of Excellence.  He works extensively with profitability evaluation and improvement in livestock and forages, with a particular focus on the analysis of grazing systems, extended season grazing, and grass-finished beef production. Outside of his official work duties, he raises stocker cattle and produces pasture-finished beef for direct sale near Lexington Kentucky, and is in a partnership that raises sheep and custom grazes beef cattle in upstate New York where he is originally from. He has received several Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grants to support research projects in this area.

Summer Thomas grew up on her family farm in Marydel, Delaware where she participated in both 4-H and FFA.  She graduated from Ceasar Rodney High School and the University of Delaware. While attending the University of Delaware, she completed a Summer Extension Scholars internship under the guidance of mentor Emmalea Ernest and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Session Summary:
DE Pesticide Certification Credits:  0
MD Pesticide Certification Credits:  0
DE Nutrient Management Credits:  1.0
MD Nutrient Management Credits:  1.0
Certified Crop Advisor Credits:  NM: 1.50