Temple Grandin, Kit Pharo Headline Upcoming Southern Plains Beef SymposiumMon, 06 Aug 2012 11:48:35 CDT
The 22nd Annual Southern Plains Beef Symposium kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Ardmore Convention Center. Leland McDaniel, Carter County extension education agent, says the one-day program will feature some of the finest speakers in the country.
“Our lineup this year, we’ve got a very interesting speaker agenda. Obviously many people have heard of Temple Grandin, probably the world’s foremost animal behavior specialist. Most of our cattle handling designs, most of our modern cattle handling designs-or livestock handling designs I should say to include swine and other species as well-everything from the ranch to the feedlot and the packer facilities, most of them have their roots in some of Temple Grandin’s work.”
McDaniel says their second speaker, Kit Pharo, is a widely-known rancher from Colorado with a little different perspective on the cattle industry.
“Kit’s message is really about being a low-cost producer. And he learned years ago what we’ve all been taught in college that there’s a point of diminishing returns. And that maximum profitability doesn’t always equate with maximum production. And so that’s his message. And we wanted to challenge producers occasionally with some thinking that maybe’s a little outside of conventional wisdom and we think he’s got a good message to tell.
“Mike Sands with Informa Economics from Memphis, Tennessee, formerly Sparks Commodities, is going to give us a general overview of global and U.S. economic perspective and maybe what that foretells for production agriculture in terms of production costs in today’s world and looking into the next few years.
“It’s a big question if and when we get past this year’s drought how we begin to rebuild our national cow herd and a lot of people say, ‘Well, how are we going to finance the cows?’ So, we’ve put together a question-and-answer panel discussion. It’s going to be moderated by Tommy Beall of Beall Consulting out of Greeley, Colorado. He’s also going to give a cattle market outlook that day.”
Registration for the Southern Plains Beef Symposium is available by clicking here. The cost is $25 for pre-registered guests and includes the symposium, the trade show, and a prime rib lunch. Registration will also be available at the door for $30.
Doors open at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30 a.m. The show wraps up at 4:30 p.m.
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