Cattle Health Program

Monday 19 July 2021

Three veteran organizations hosted a cattle health program on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance’s Demonstration Farm in Okolona, MS. Allen McReynolds of Winston County Self Help Cooperative reiterated these words prior to the start of this Cattle Health Program. “Your cattle herd’s health is important. Healthy cattle are more productive and yield higher profits. They should receive their annual doctor examination just as people.” Allen paused and introduced Dr. L. C. Peyton of Tri-County Veterinary Service, Bay Spring, MS. Dr. Peyton started by thanking participants for attending and introduced his support team. Dr. Peyton elaborated on a variety of examinations to be conducted and vaccinations to be administered. Additionally, Dr. Peyton castrated several bull calves. He explained the process to four beginning farmers and ranchers. This side of the program ended at approximately 1:00 pm, as Chris Jones of MMFA doled out instructions for individuals to load up in their vehicles and travel north to the organization’s beautiful service center building for lunch. The aroma of food drew participants into their seats without reminders. Dr. Peyton concluded his presentation with pointers to help increase gate value. Michael Trusclair, USDA Liaison Officer, based at Alcorn State University, delivered an extensive and potent presentation on how to improve your herd health by monitoring and maintaining a regular quality feeding program. Michael emphasized that, as a cattleman, you must make a long-term commitment to achieve success. The Cattle Health Program ended with closing comments from Orlando Trainer from Unlimited Community Agricultural Cooperative, Frank Taylor, Winston County Self Help Cooperative, and Carolyn Jones, Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance. More than ninety individuals from Mississippi and Alabama attended.

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