Lincoln-Adams Extension

Livestock & Range Management  

Beef                         Forage         Farm-Ranch Management
Sheep & Goats     Swine  

After small grains, livestock production with related hay, forage, and range land management, is a major livelihood and income generator for Lincoln and Adams County residents.  According to the 2007 Ag Census, the value of livestock sales was $8,472,000 for Lincoln County and $97,522,000 for Adams County, WA.

Rangeland Water Quality Risk Management Meeting

November 3, 2014 - Ritzville
Press Release

WSU range specialist to address grazing cattle and water quality concerns Tip Hudson, WSU Extension Rangeland and Livestock specialist in Ellensburg will be in Ritzville on Monday afternoon, November 3, to discuss water quality concerns related to grazing cattle and to demonstrate his recently developed Water Quality Risk Assessment tool. 

Local ranchers are invited to meet with Hudson at 1 p.m. at the Washington Association of Wheatgrowers meeting hall in Ritzville located at 109 E 1st. Street.  Hudson will discuss how cattle management, riparian function, and water quality are tied together and how ranchers can assess the water quality risk posed by their grazing operations.  A field demonstration will follow at a local ranch where participants will have an opportunity to try the assessment tool and discuss it points.  The meeting will adjourn at 5 p.m.

Also on hand to update ranchers on developments with regulatory agencies will be Connell attorney, Toni Meacham, who represented Joe Lemire in his Supreme Court case with Department of Ecology. Both Meacham and Hudson have been participating along with other agriculture representatives in ongoing advisory meetings with Department of Ecology to address water quality concerns. 

Area ranchers and other interested people are welcome at this meeting offered by Washington Cattlemen’s Association and WSU Extension. 

WSU Extension programs are offered without discrimination.  For accommodation of special need, or for more information, contact retired extension educator Tom Platt, 509-725-0262.


NE Washington Regional
Livestock Extension Specialist

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Kuber as the NE Washington Regional Livestock Extension Specialist, effective February 1, 2015. Paul will serve the multi-county region across northeastern Washington and will be headquartered at the Lincoln County Extension Office in Davenport.

Paul comes to us from Ohio State University where he has held teaching, research, and extension appointments since 2004. Prior to that time he was on the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Faculty at the University of Idaho. Paul completed his PhD in Animal Sciences at WSU in 2001, MS in Animal Science at the University of Nebraska, and BS in Animal Science Cal State Fresno.

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On July 29th, 2013, after 30+ years on the WSU faculty, Tom Platt, Area Livestock & Range Extension Educator based in Davenport, WA, retired. Untill the new NE Washington Livestock Extension Specialist, Paul Kuber, arrives in Februay, 2015, WSU Extension will continue to support the education and research for area farmers and ranchers. Questions will be referred to appropriate WSU Extension specialists.

Here are some contacts:


Sarah Smith ~ Grant County, 509-754-2011 x413

Don Llewellyn ~ Benton County, 509-735-3551


Steve Norberg ~ Franklin County, 509-545-3511

Steve Fransen ~ WSU Prosser, 509-786-9266
(He frequently works outside of the office: leave a message or email)


Contact your local USDA NRCS
Weed problems – Local Weed Board

Use of the following online or in the Extension office:

PNW Weed Management Handbook
PNW Insect Management Handbook
PNW Plant Disease Management Handbook


Washington Pork Producers Summer Newsletter Now Available.
The Washington Pork producers with support from the Pork Checkoff offer a quarterly newsletter designed around issues impacting Washington pork producers.  The current newsletter, Winter 2014, is available on line at
Topics in the 2014 Summer issue include:
·         USDA Announces Federal Order PEDv
·         Washington Pork Producers Summer Meeting Notice
·         USDA Announces Funding to Help Combat PEDv
·         Pork Supplies Going Into Summer Months
·         Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae is Still Around—Don Let Your Guard Down!
·         Daily Livestock Report Meat & Poultry Production and Price Summary
·        USDA Predicts 2014 Farm Income to Fall—But Livestock Are the Exception
·         Pork Checkoff Announces New Common Industry Audit Platform
·         PEDv Advisory for Washington Fairs and Exhibition from Washington State Department of Ag State Veterinarian
·         National Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Training Now Available On-Line

If you are not currently receiving the newsletter and would like to receive a mailed copy please contact Sarah M. Smith at email given below.

Sarah M. Smith
Extension Regional Specialist--Animal Sciences
WSU Grant-Adams Extension
PO Box 37, Courthouse
Ephrata, WA 98823
Phone: (509) 754-2011, Ext. 413
(800) 572-0119 (toll free in Washington)
Fax: (509)754-0163
"World Class. Face to Face."


Update on PED Virus in Pigs

On Feb. 20, 2014, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) adopted an emergency rule requiring all swine entering the state to carry evidence the animals are free of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus, a disease which can make adult pigs ill and be fatal to suckling piglets. The new rule takes effect immediately and will remain in force for at least 120 days. Acting State Veterinarian Dr. Paul Kohrs has advised anyone planning to show their pigs in fairs or exhibits, including 4-H and FFA groups, to keep their swine apart during weigh-ins and tagging activities before the events.

On May 1, 2014, the WSDA published a MEMO that ALL swine leaders, parents, members, and fair superintendents should read.



NEW Livestock Pests Study Guide

Good resource for producers interested in descriptions and life cycles of livestock pests. The contents can also aid in the preparation to take the state pesticide licensing examination on livestock pests. It does not provide specific pesticide recommendations.



Haygrowers Field Day
May 10, 2014 - Deer Park

Northeast Washington Haygrowers’ Association announces its spring field day on May 10th at Larry Kiewert’s Hawk Farm, 6 1/2 miles north of Deer Park on Sherman Road. The annual field day is popular with area hay growers because there is always something new to be learned, says Tom Platt, WSU Extension Educator Emeritus. This year’s topics include seedbed preparation, pre-and post-emergent herbicides, tips for swather maintenance and operation, and personal protective equipment for mixing and applying herbicides and working in the shop.

Registration for the field day on May 10th begins at 8 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be available. The program begins at 8:25 a.m. and adjourns after lunch about 1 p.m. Per person registration fee is $10 for NEWHGA members and $15 for non-members. Registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, and two pesticide applicator recertification credits.

Flyer with map


New form of poultry disease found in Washington state

March 14, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash.A serious new form of viral poultry disease which is not known to infect humans or other animals has now been confirmed in one flock of birds in Washington state.

Known as Infectious Bursal Disease Virus (IBDV); the viral infection can result in high death losses in flocks, affecting young birds significantly.  The disease can also suppress the birds’ immune system, making them more vulnerable to secondary disease resulting in birds that do not die quickly.

There is no evidence that IBDV can infect other animals or people.



Low-Stress Cattle Handling Review

This video is worth waiting for it to load!

It 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 features 8 sessions concerning the training; the importance & interest in low-stress handling; working with cattle instinct and natural behavior; how to greet cattle; how to communicate with cattle; preparing and training cattle; unloading a truck/trailer; and moving cattle in Bud Box. The video summaries low-stress handling concepts and techniques and shows animated computer graphic illustrations, and live cattle handling videos highlighting these concepts and techniques. The video is a result of funding from a WSU Extension Western Center for Risk Management.

Individuals can request a DVD copy sent to them or download information from Project Director Sarah M. Smith, WSU Extension Regional Specialist at

Below are some archived resources & links.


E. Coli: Current Perspectives on Cattle, Produce, and Human Health - part 4

Does What We Feed Cattle Have an Effect on 0157 Shedding?

Presenter, David Smith, DVM, PhD, Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, has studied the relationship of feedlot cattle and E coli O157:H7 shedding. He focuses this presentation on the role that cattle diet may or may not affect shedding rates in cattle and debunks some myths about the role of grain feeding.


Farm-a-cology Presentation

Interactive power point presentation, created by Dale Moore, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Washington State University, with audio voice over. Highlighted are some of the more common ‘mistakes’ that are made that can lead to meat and milk residues. Presentation

Right time, right place grazing key to sustainability

PULLMAN - Having the right number of cattle on the right piece of land for the right amount of time for the right reasons might be a key to long-term sustainability [more]

Trichomoniasis Update

June 28, 2010
Trichomoniasis is a venereal disease of cattle that can cause abortions, low pregnancy rates, return to estrus, and delayed or prolonged calving seasons.  The disease is present in Washington, and because of poor calf crops, it has severe economic consequences for Washington’s beef producers.  Belt tightening in tough economic times may contribute to  spread of trichomoniasis, because of  less pregnancy checking, longer breeding seasons, purchase of bargain cows and used bulls, borrowed bulls, and so on.   But trichomoniasis can be prevented and controlled through management.  For more information, download this brochure from the Washington State Department of Agriculture Veterinarian. 

Animal Disease Traceability

On August 9, 2011, USDA issued a proposed rule to establish general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate when animal disease events take place.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Market Livestock Calculator
for 4-H & FFA

A calculator designed to help youngsters and their families evaluate the economics of 4-H and FFA market livestock projects is available. It should be used as a planning tool prior to beginning the project, and again to evaluate the project after it is completed. Calculator




Alfalfa for Beef Cows (pdf, 117 KB) , Fact Sheet 93-23

Beef Cow Nutrition (html)

Choosing the Right Supplement (html)

Protein and Energy Supplementation to Beef Cows Grazing New Mexico Rangelands (pdf, 246 KB) , Circular 564

Supplementing Beef Cows on Low Quality Forages
By Norman Suverly, WSU/Okanogan County Extension Director

Supplementation of Energy and Protein for Beef Cattle (pdf, 116 KB), A Literature Review, AG/Beef/2006-1

Supplementing Winter Rations with Grain: Good or Bad Nutritional Stragegy? (html)

Using Grass Seed Residues for Wintering Beef Cattle (pdf, 26 KB)


Farm & Ranch Management

WSU Extension Ag Business Resources

Direct Marketing Meat Workshop Series - Nov 2012 - Feb. 2013


WSU Extension Forages Resources



WSU Extension Range Resources


Sheep & Goats

Small Ruminants

Central WA Animal Agriculture Team resource page

Goat Production Conference

Click HERE for archived slides and hand-outs from the March, 2008 phone conference.

Presenter: Sandra Solaiman, Professor and Director of Small Ruminant Research, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Alabama

Factors Affecting the Palatability of Lamb Meat (PDF)
By Dr. Susan Duckett, Professor/Endowed Chair, Animal and Veterinary Science Department, Clemson University

Genetics of Scrapie (PDF)  Bob Wagner, Gene Check, Inc.

Scrapie and Codon 171, part 2 (PDF) Bob Wagner, Gene Check, Inc.

Genetics of Scrapie Resistance in Sheep (Word)      PDF  David Thomas, University of Wisconsin.

Spider Syndrome (PDF) Gerald Fitch, Oklahoma State University.

WSU Extension Small Ruminent Resources



Pork Information Gateway

Central Washington Animal Agriculture Team - Swine

4-H Livestock Page - Swine

WSU Extension Swine Resources

More Livestock Links


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