Dr. Don Llewellyn
Don Llewellyn is an Associate Professor and State Livestock Extension Specialist with Washington State University (WSU) and serves as Director of Lincoln County Extension located in Davenport, WA. Don is a native of Lincoln County and grew up in Wilbur, WA, earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science at Oklahoma State University, and his Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Ruminant Nutrition at Kansas State University. Don’s current Extension programming is aimed at strategies to control feed costs, improving reproduction, health, and productivity of beef herds through nutrition and management. He also provides multi-species programming for youth livestock exhibitors and producers. His applied research activities include evaluation of alternative protein supplements, forages, and silages for beef cattle, and enhancement of forage quality and utilization for beef and dairy herds. New research is focusing on reducing the impact of invasive winter annual grasses and restoring native and improved perennial species in pastures and rangelands in the Pacific Northwest.
“Innovation rather than Renovation”–Producers and animals scientists do a lot of things very well. It is imperative that we enhance what we do well by providing producers with timely research-based information geared toward making livestock systems work better.
Focusing on three key components related to profitability and long-term viability of beef cattle operations:
- Beef cow nutrition/reproduction–utilize effective nutritional management to maximize the number of cows bred, and healthy calves born and marketed per cow exposed during the breeding season.
- Management systems–Optimizing the use of available forages, protecting natural resources, and exploring the utilization of alternative feeds, forages, and supplements with a focus on reducing costs and increasing producer’s profits.
- Livestock production, safety, and quality–This program includes providing producers the knowledge to keep cows and calves healthy throughout all stages of production. In addition, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Training, along with proper animal handling programming helps insure safe and wholesome meat products for the consumer.
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Important Livestock Information:
The WSU Livestock Carcass Grade & Cutability Calculator
(Free app available on both Android and iOS)
The 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.
Android link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.wsu.meatcalculator
iTune Store link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/livestock-carcass-calculator/id1022439322?mt=8
For More Information Contact:
Sarah M. Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-754-2011 x4363
Livestock Insurance Programs Available in the Pacific Northwest
Livestock Producers Need to Make Coverage Decisions Starting July 1
SPOKANE, Wash., June 24, 2015 — The USDA Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) Spokane Regional Office reminds livestock producers in the Pacific Northwest of upcoming important dates for federal livestock risk management programs available in all counties in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. MORE
Extension Animal Agriculture Team
Livestock specialists with WSU Extension produce a quarterly statewide newsletter that provides timely information on livestock production and animal care. Archived newsletters and other fact sheets are at animalag.wsu.edu.
Also visit: Grant/Adams Livestock Web Pages
Livestock Marketing Information Center
WSU is a member of a national marketing data and analysis clearinghouse representing most land grant universities. We provide a bi-weekly newsletter on livestock marketing with local prices, national analysis, and useful news related to livestock markets. You can request to be added to this listserv by sending a blank email to SUBSCRIBE-LIVESTOCKMARKETS@lyris.cahnrs.wsu.edu. There are many publicly available resources on their website.
Low-Stress Cattle Handling Review
Low-Stress Cattle Handling Review from WSU CAHNRS Video Production on Vimeo.
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Severe Weather Animal Alert
Beef Cattle Mythbuster