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Orr Beef Research Center’s 2018 Field Day scheduled for September 5th

Orr Beef Research Center Sign

BAYLIS, Ill. – The annual Orr Beef Research Center Field Day will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The meeting will be held at the John Wood Ag Center located on State Highway 104 in Baylis. Speakers from the University of Illinois will lead discussions that will address research, current topics, and situations producers are facing on-farm. A meal will be provided to those who take part in the discussions and tour.

The program includes Dan Shike, U of I Department of Animal Sciences professor and cow/calf researcher, and U of I graduate research assistants who will update attendees on the latest research at the university.

Topics will include:

  • Research evaluating the influence of dried distillers grains with solubles on bull development and reproductive traits
  • Preliminary research on the effect of heifer development system on heifer performance and reproductive traits
  • Research results on an evaluation of parasite resistance in cattle treated with LongRangeTM

Travis Meteer, Illinois Extension Beef Specialist, will discuss stretching a short hay supply and extended housing of cows in a drylot system. He will also talk about current and future research projects at the Orr Research Center.

A tour of the Orr Center will be given immediately following the presentations. Producers will have the opportunity to view facilities, cattle, and pastures. Updated dry-lot pens and pasture renovation projects will be available for viewing.

This field day will equip producers with the newest research findings, applicable management strategies, and practical knowledge to help increase profits in their cattle operation. Speakers will be glad to address any producer questions during the evening.

More information on the field day is available at or contact Travis Meteer at 217-236-4961 or