Texoma Cattlemen's Conference To Address Herd, Pasture Management Issues After DroughtTue, 27 Mar 2012 10:49:52 CDT
Cattlemen of Oklahoma and Texas are facing many herd and pasture management issues during the first growing season after the most severe drought in decades. This year, producers must consider numerous factors - record high cattle prices, reduced cow inventories and high commodity prices - as they prepare for this year.
To assist cattlemen as they make critical decisions during their drought recovery, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation has developed a new regional event - the Texoma Cattlemen’s Conference. This year’s conference, entitled Factoring the Drought of 2011 into the Management Equation, will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.), Saturday, April 14, at the Ardmore Convention Center.
"We’re excited to offer this joint conference to the region’s cattlemen,” said Hugh Aljoe, Noble Foundation consultation program manager. "We recognize that producers have come through one of the toughest years on record, and now they must make key decisions regarding pasture and herd management. We’re here to provide them a good base of information to help them make those decisions.”
During the conference, agricultural consultants from the Noble Foundation, as well as specialists from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will speak on a variety of topics including pasture recovery, preemptive forage planning, managing the breeding herd following drought, increasing pregnancy rates, the economics of reduced stocking rates versus summer feeding and the economics of replacement females.
“We’ve had a good start to 2012 regarding moisture which is helping pastures recover,” Aljoe said. “However, producers cannot get overconfident. We still need to be careful with stocking rates and be strategic with how we rebuild our herds after destocking last year.”
Registration cost is $35 and includes lunch. Heather Buckmaster from the Oklahoma Beef Council will be the luncheon speaker. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for Texas participants. For additional information or to register, click here or call Tracy Cumbie at 580.224.6292.
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