Archive for January, 2012

Beauregard Cattlemen’s Association Quarterly Meeting, 1/27/2012

Last night, 1/272012, the Beauregard Cattlemen’s Association (BCA) had its quarterly meeting. Chuck Melsheimer, BCA President, discussed the addition of new scholarship funding for students who will be studying agricultural topics in college.

Chuck also discussed the idea of having a BCA meeting in Merryville, LA to invite local cattlemen to be a part of BCA.

Danny Cole, past President of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s association, described some of his experiences with the LCA during his term. His narrative about his first commercial airplane flight was entertaining to say the least.

Tommy Smith, LCA District V Representative, brought his greetings from LCA and told a Boudreax joke. For more information on LCA, please visit their website:

Keith Hawkins, County Agent, brought a slide show about the upcoming Master Cattleman’s Program. Here are some of the notes from the presentation:

Master Cattlemen’s Class Orientation

Thursday, February 9th, 6 PM, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th Street, DeRidder, LA

            The LSU AgCenter in partnership with the Beauregard Cattlemen’s Association will start Master Cattlemen’s classes. The program will outline the costs, expectations, class topics and schedule. Interested cattlemen from any parish may enroll at this meeting. Classes will officially start on February 23rd.

            For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain cattle updates from LSU AgCenter by sending your request by email to

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Ornamental Eucalyptus Forum

Ornamental Eucalyptus Forum

Saturday, January 28th, 9 am-12 noon, Merryville Community Center,

3024 South Pine St., Merryville, LA

            In honor of the Merryville’s self-proclaimed status as “The Eucalyptus Capital of Louisiana”, there will be a Forum to educate the citizens of Merryville and western Beauregard Parish about the various eucalyptus trees suitable for our location. Mr. Jeff McMillian, a Master Gardener, will describe appropriate eucalyptus trees and shrubs for landscaping. Mr. McMillian will also show slides of the best eucalyptus to plant in our area. There is no charge to attend.

            Also, foresters will be on hand to answer questions about the commercial eucalyptus plantations surrounding the Merryville area.

            For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006.  To receive forest and wildlife updates by email, please send your request to There is also an email list for LSU horticulture updates.

An Image of a Silver Dollar Eucalyptus.

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Beekeeping & Clover

A local beekeeper came in to my office of the LSU AgCenter to ask about clovers for his bee hives. He wanted to plant clover on his firebreaks nears his hive. After we visited, I found this AgCenter publication titles: Cool-season Pasture & Forage Varieties 2011-2012. This flyer was written for forage production, but I think it could help our apiarist who want to plant legumes because it has a list of suitable varieties for our climate. There are also planting guidelines.

Here is the link to enable a beekeeper to download a PDF file of this document:

Thank you for reading this inaugural blog of “Beauregard Parish Country Life”.

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