THRALL – An update on the mandatory National Animal Identification System will highlight the beef session at the June 21 Stiles Farm Field Day.

The Stiles Farm is located east of Thrall on U.S. Highway 79. Registration to this free event begins at 8 a.m.

Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist, will lead the beef session at 1:30 p.m., discussing animal identification and source-verified cattle.

"Producers in this session will receive an understanding of why mandatory animal identification is coming into place and how this system is used for disease surveillance and protecting animal agriculture," Cleere said.

The logistics of the system, plus information on how producers can register for premise identification through the Texas Animal Health Commission, will also be part of the session. The field day will also feature a number of crop production presentations and field demonstrations.

At 8:30 a.m., concurrent sessions will begin. Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator license holders attending the morning program will receive three continuing education units (private, commercial and non-commercial); 4.25 certified crop advisor units will also be offered.

Presentations are scheduled for the morning include tillage options, managing new cotton genetics and row crop fertility, twin row corn and row spacing options, double cropping, and weed control updates.

Stiles Farm Foundation scholarships will be presented and a barbecue lunch sponsored by the Taylor Chamber of Commerce provided.

Afternoon sessions will include equipment demonstrations, the animal identification information, and a talk on Bermuda grass management for hay and pasture.

Originally a 3,000-acre family farm, the Stiles Farm Foundation was given to Texas A&M University in 1961 for research and education on Blackland production practices. The farm has held an annual field day for producers and area residents to examine the research and demonstrations in progress since 1963, except for 1996 when it was canceled due to drought.

For more information about the field day, contact Archie Abrameit at (512) 898-2214.