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5 State Beef Conference Comes to Beaver, Oklahoma on October 4
Farm Director, KC Sheperd, got the chance to visit with Mary Chris Barth to talk about the 5-State Beef Conference coming up on Tuesday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beaver County Fair Building in Beaver, Okla.

“This conference rotates within counties in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico,” Barth said. “This year, Beaver County has the privilege of hosting it on next Tuesday, October 4, and we will start registration at 9:30 a.m. at the fairgrounds pavilion, then we will break for lunch, and end the session by 4 p.m.”

Barth said it has been quite a while since the conference was in Oklahoma.

“The last time I actively participated in Beaver County was 15 years ago, so we are very privileged to have it back, and looking forward to all people coming from multiple states,” Barth said.

The speakers, Barth said, will be talking about drought-related issues.

“I think we are all so tied to our weather situation right now,” Barth said. “Our headline speaker is Kit Pharo. He is from Cheyenne Wells, Colorado.”

Barth said Kit Pharo will be speaking about focusing on production per acre rather than production per cow.

“Mr. Pharo says a farmer doesn’t focus on production per plant, he focuses on the production of bushels per acre, so it is a similar concept for a rancher,” Barth said.

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