Beef Extension Intern – Tucker W.

Week 9 & 10

On Monday of Week 9, Tyler and I took all the AI school materials out to the shed at beef unit. It was good to finally put away AI school stuff and move on to the next activity. On Wednesday of that week I left for Block & Bridle Convention in Lubbock, TX. While there on Saturday listening to speakers for various areas of animal agriculture, I was able to tweet some interesting quotes and facts from the speakers. I think the MSU Beef Cattle twitter is a great what to get bits of information out to producers, who believe it or not are on social media, along with getting correct information to our consumers. So make sure to follow us @MSUBeefCattle for updates and info.

Week 10 was a slow week were our main task was getting Dr. Karisch moved into her new office two doors down. It took a crew of us to get her moved, but we were able to get it done in one afternoon.  Now our main event is to get ready for the BCIA sale coming up.

Beef Extension Intern-Tucker W.

Week 8

A.I. School finally came around this week.  It felt like every week I did something to prepare for the fall A.I. school. I think this goes to show the amount of time and effort that goes into Extension programs for producers across the state. Early in the week I was able to put the last bit of information into the binders for participants. On Wednesday, Tyler Braud and I went and gathered all the supply’s needed from the storage unit. We sorted through the boxes to ensure we had all the necessary equipment going to each unit and also paper goods for the meals. Thursday was spent working on last minute things to prepare for participants coming that night and also a trip to Wal-Mart, which proved to be an adventure with Mrs. Mari. Thursday night once A.I. school started I just helped ensure participants went to the right stations along with setting out reproductive tracts. Friday and Saturday I helped participants to ensure they were passing A.I. rods into the cows properly at the dairy unit while another group was at the beef unit. A.I. school was good success now it’s on to preparing for our next event the BCIA sale.IMG_1516

Beef Extension Intern- Tucker W.

Week 6

Week 6 was all about the State Fair in Jackson. On Monday I helped Mrs. Elwanda Shook sort retinal images. Like humans have our own unique fingerprints, each animal has a unique retinal scan. Every market animal and commercial breeding animal shown at State Fair and Dixie National is scanned in mid-September. After each division the champion and reserve animal must be rescanned to ensure it is the same animal that was validated in September. I sorted each animal’s retinal scan in numerical order according to their ear tag, so images could be easily found when animals are rescanned. That was my main office job for the week before heading to the State Fair. On Saturday at the fair I helped with the FFA and 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. I helped ensure the classes made it to the Equine Center and were in the proper pens. I also helped Corey, Dr. Karisch’s grad student, take reasons for a class of breeding ewes. There were over 100 kids in the contest which made it a great success.

Beef Extension Intern-Tucker W.

Week 7

This week was a shorter week for me. I enjoyed Monday off at the State Fair in Jackson with my family. I always enjoy going to shows and seeing young people and their livestock projects because I know I would not be where I am today without those experiences.  On Wednesday Mr. Crow asked me to clean the trailer out that he took the pigs in to the judging contest on Saturday of the fair. Thankfully that didn’t take as long as I expected due to the high powered hose at the MAFES shop near the dairy. Friday was spent proofing and finalizing the BCIA sale catalog. I had to check to make sure EPDs and pedigrees were correct and also make sure each page was formatted correctly. I often receive sale catalogs and until now did not truly realize the amount of time and effort that goes into them. I’m sure this next week will be extremely busy with AI school coming up.

Beef Extension Intern- Tucker W.

Week 4

This week was spent continuing AI school preparation. Monday I went to Bost and picked up the publications we had ordered the previous week. Now that we had all the necessary publications in hand we could get those hole punched and placed in to binder for AI school participants, which I did later in the week. Also on Monday I had to gather materials to replace signs that Extension uses at various events. Mrs. Mari and I made new posters for the signs so they can be used at the upcoming AI school.

Beef Extension Intern- Tucker W.

Week 3 of my internship was spent mostly in the office preparing for upcoming events. Throughout the week Dr. Karisch received entries for the upcoming BCIA sale in November. I checked over entries to ensure all sale candidates met the necessary requirements for weaning weight, age, and had proper EPDs listed. Mrs. Mari and I also prepared BCIA newsletters filed with different educational articles to send out to producers. Dr. Karisch had noticed some of the beef publications on the MSUcares extension website had broken links, so I checked all the links to ensure she can get these back available to the producers. I also had to update program reports with current numbers for the annual report for the Animal & Dairy Science Department. This was neat to see how beneficial extension programs can be for the producers. Now I’m ready to see what week 4 entails.

Beef Extension Intern- Tucker W.

The first week of my internship consisted or preparing and attending Cattlemen’s College at Town Creek Farm in West Point. This is an event hosted by Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association along with MSU Extension Service and other sponsors. It is day filled with workshops and speakers informing cattlemen about all different aspects of the industry. To prepare for the event I gathered things to hand-out at the ADS/Extension booth along with our display and tables. Once I got to Cattlemen’s College on Wednesday Dr. Karisch and Ms. Graves had already had the booth set-up so, I helped keeping the booth stocked with materials we were handing out along with helping Mrs. Leanne Peters at MCA with various jobs. I also got to listen in on some of the speaker’s presentations on marketing cattle, herd health and forages which were very informative. Overall the event was a success with over 160 participants from across the southeast. Here are some pictures from the day thanks to Mrs. Leanne Peters and Mr. Sammy Blossom:


Discussing marketing weaned calves at the sale barn


Discussing herd health practices


Brangus bulls out on pasture.

My second week was spent mostly in the office preparing for the upcoming A.I. School. Dr. Karisch was out of the office all week attending a conference so Mrs. Mari Quinn and I got a head start on preparing things for the upcoming A.I School in October. We went ahead and printed all the needed material for participants along with putting it in binders. I also inventoried the MSU Extension Service publications that would be used so we could ensure we had enough for each participant. Now we are just waiting for the publications we ordered and we be able to complete the binders.

Case Study: Navicular Disease – Ayla O’Neal

My name is Ayla O’Neal. I am a Senior in Animal and Dairy Sciences and plan to Graduate in May 2015. For this class, I have decided to do a Directed Individual Case Study on Therapeutically treating Navicular Disease, and I will be using my own horse to do so. This idea came about while I was a student worker in the Equine Department of the Animal Health Center here at Mississippi State when I was helping Dr. Ben Nabors as he reset shoes on client horses. My horse had been having lameness problems, and I had previously found out that he had developed a cystic lesion on his right front navicular bone and had experienced remodeling of both front navicular bones as well. We had tried injecting his coffin joints, and there was no improvement. He continues to be bilaterally lame, and while there were some days he seemed sound, Ice still was uncomfortable which was noticeable in his movements as well as in his facial expressions. Dr. Nabors and I began discussing the possible ways of trying to help Ice become more comfortable by shoeing him. This is when the idea of a Case Study came about. Since I do not have unlimited cash flow to pour into my horse (Ice), Dr. Nabors and I began discussing ways that could help Ice move more comfortably just through shoeing him a certain way in order to improve over time. We thought that it would be interesting to write about Ice’s progress as a case study to see what we could find. Since Ice had been lame for an extended period of time, we thought slowing the healing process down might be better for him so that he could adapt slowly. We then created a plan where Ice would be reset every 4-5 weeks with light progressive working routines to help him slowly become accustomed to the changes in his movements. We planned to start by adjusting the angle of his hoof with flat shoes to see if any improvement would be made, and if not higher grade shoes would be used.

Beef Extension Intern- Tucker Wagner


My name is Tucker Wagner, and I am currently working under Dr. Karisch as the Beef Cattle Extension Intern. I wanted to start off by telling a little about myself. I am currently a senior in Animal & Dairy Sciences here at Mississippi State. I grew up in the small town of Collinsville, MS, just north of Meridian. Back home my family has a small herd of club calf and Simmental influence cattle that we raise and show. I was very active in programs like 4-H and FFA, and I credit my involvement in junior livestock programs for igniting my passion for the beef industry and all animal agriculture. I am excited to work with Dr. Karisch this fall and hope to learn even more about the beef industry.

MSU Extension Intern- Logan H.

Week 8

This week I was given random tasks. I worked on a task that I had not done before, which was working on inventory. I took inventory on all the cattle publications from the department and I also re-organized them by publication number. Week8-2

Many of the publications had been misplaced into the wrong folder. This made the process longer because when I was counting, I would find a wrong publication mixed in the stack. Time and again I had to recount and add numbers to the publications I had already gone through. A majority of the publications were informational and directional for local ranchers and farmers. The readings varied from how to manage a pasture, to pinkeye in cattle and how to treat it.


I also worked again on making horse/livestock judging packets. I think I have surpassed the 400 mark now. There are still many left to make. I will continue to work on those packets for the upcoming events that they will be used for, which include: the State Fair, the Dixie National Livestock Show, and another judging event in between those two events. I also helped Ms. Shook and Dr. Jousan proof signs made for the contestants riding in the regional horse show that will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Jousan will be leaving this Saturday to drive up there and begin setting up everything for the show. The contestants are given laminated signs with their county, horse’s name, and their name to hang on their stall. It is also a memento for them to keep. I went through all of them with Ms. Shook to make sure all the spelling was correct and to make sure that none were missing. Many of the contestants had more than one sign because they are competing on more than one horse. After we concluded they were all correct and present we boxed them back up and added them to the heap of things that Dr. Jousan will have to carry to Raliegh. I also proofed the entries for the contestants that were put into a spread sheet. I had make sure the events they were going to compete in followed their name and also that their entry number matched. I made a few spelling corrections and then Ms. Shook fixed them on excel.

Lastly, this week I worked on another project for Mr. Crow. He needed help with making a design on a bulletin board for the livestock judging team. The bulletin board is in the hallway here in the Animal and Dairy Sciences Department. One of Mr. Crow’s judging students, Justin Hall, helped me come up with the design and he went to Hobby Lobby to get the supplies. We will put the board together this coming Friday.

All in all it has been an enjoyable week. My creative skills were used to design the bulletin board to make it presentable and interesting. I also used organizational skills to take inventory on the publications. Next week I will be working on judging card packets again as well as a few other things for Dr. Jousan. Soon I will be helping Dr. Karisch get things together for the Deep South Stocker Conference that will be held in Meredian on August 8. This will be my last event to assist with as the 8th of August will be my last day of work.