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Livestock/Animal Science

Program Contact: Sarah Smith, Regional Specialist, Animal Sciences
(509) 766-3181 •

Livestock Care & Food Animal Production

WSU Extension Animal Agriculture Website – The WSU Extension Animal Ag Team provides research-based information to Washington livestock producers and natural resource managers to improve their economic status and quality of life while they create quality products in a sustainable manner.

WSU Carcass Calculator – The WSU Livestock Carcass Grade & Cutablity Calculator is an excellent way for producers, niche marketers, butchers, livestock judges, meat evaluators, and youth to quickly determine the yield grade and cutability of beef, pork, or lamb carcasses. Just enter live or carcass data information. The tool is free to download and can be run on a smartphone or tablet. Read more

Pork Informational Gateway – The Pork Information Gateway (PIG) is a FREE resource for the U.S. Pork Industry. The PIG library provides the industry with factsheets, how-to guides, references, and videos that cover all aspects of the pork industry including resources for small and beginning pig farmers and youth swine projects.


  • Low-Stress Cattle Handling Video – The video is a review of Washington State University Extension Low-Stress Cattle Handling training seminars featuring nationally recognized cattle handling expert and veterinarian Dr. Tom Noffsinger from Benkelman, Nebraska.  The video summarizes low-stress handling concepts and techniques and shows animated computer graphic illustrations, and live cattle handling videos highlighting these concepts and techniques.  The Spanish version of the video is available at

Annual Events

Please contact Sarah Smith, 509-754-2011 ext. 4363 or to sign up for future shearing schools.

Quality Assurance

Livestock Ownership Certificates

Livestock Health Records

Area Extension Educator Sarah Smith specializes in animal sciences, including cattle, swine, sheep, and goat production. She supports the food and fiber product industry, sustainable management practices, marketing, irrigated and dryland pasture, quality assurance, and animal well-being. Sarah coordinates animal science programming for youth and adult producers, supports 4-H and FFA livestock educational programs, advises educational efforts with Grant County Cattlemen, Washington and Columbia Basin Sheep producers associations, Washington Pork producers associations, Adams and Grant county fairs, and 4-H/FFA livestock organizations. Impacts of the Grant/Adams Area animal science program include enhancing economic opportunities for agriculture enterprises while protecting Washington resources.