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OSU Hosting Master Cattleman Summit in October

Tue, 27 Sep 2011 09:08:42 CDT

OSU Hosting Master Cattleman Summit in October Cattle producers looking to get the most out of their herd management decisions should register now to attend the 2011 Master Cattleman Summit at Oklahoma State University's Stillwater campus on Oct. 14-15.

In addition to interactive sessions and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to interact with two of the nation's most popular and knowledgeable speakers on ranch management: Kit Pharo and Burke Teichert.

"Kit Pharo has some unique and innovative management ideas and philosophies that differ substantially from many traditional ways of thinking, while Burke Teichert has run a number of ranches successfully and is renowned for organizing operations to be cost-effective with efficient, small crews," said Dave Lalman, OSU Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist.

The summit will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and finish at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Summit sessions will take place at the OSU Animal Science Building, located on Monroe Street just south of its intersection with Hall of Fame Avenue.

Cost is $30 if registering prior to Oct. 5 and $40 thereafter. To register, contact Kareta Casey by email at kareta.casey@okstate.edu or by phone at 405-744-9836. The summit is unable to accept credit cards.

"We ask participants to register as soon as possible," Lalman said. "Having a head count really does help us ensure we have sufficient numbers of meals, refreshments and conference materials on hand."

Another reason to register as early as possible is that two interactive sessions have limited enrollment to ensure participants receive the maximum possible benefit from the experience.

"Two of our five concurrent sessions on Oct. 14 the Reproductive Technology Workshop and the Feeder-Packer Game will run from 2:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and are limited to 35 and 40 individuals, respectively," Lalman said. "Acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis."

The other three concurrent sessions will focus on key management issues related to the 2011 drought, and will be offered twice to allow participants to attend two of the three. Each session will run from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and then be repeated from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

"Our sessions and workshops focusing on beef management tools, drought management and one-on-one drought nutrition will be led by OSU Cooperative Extension specialists who are experts in their fields," Lalman said.

Producers taking part in the drought nutrition workshop are strongly encouraged to have hay samples analyzed for chemical composition minimum of dry matter, protein and total digestible nutrients and bring them to the summit. Feed tags or nutrient analysis of supplemental feeds also will be helpful.

To get the most out of the nutrition software used in the workshop, Lalman suggests producers determine and come with the following additional information: average weight of hay bales, average weight of cows when they are in medium flesh and average calving date.

"Remember, it's about your specific operation, so it will also be beneficial to have the cost of the animals when delivered to your ranch or, if home-raised, the value of each feed type that you're interested in evaluating," he said.

The OSU Master Cattleman program is an interdisciplinary team effort that has provided many significant and positive contributions to Oklahoma cattle producers, related agribusinesses and the overall state economy. The program spans numerous academic disciplines and departments, and involves OSU Cooperative Extension state, district and area specialists and county Extension educators from across Oklahoma.

Anyone seeking additional information about either the summit or the Master Cattleman program should contact Lalman at 405-744-6060 or Damona Doye, OSU Cooperative Extension farm management specialist, at 405-744-9813.



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