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2017 Northwest Oklahoma Beef Cattle Conference Coming to Chisolm Trail Expo Center August 31st

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:27:56 CDT

2017 Northwest Oklahoma Beef Cattle Conference Coming to Chisolm Trail Expo Center August 31st The Northwest Oklahoma Beef Conference is slated for Thursday August 31st, 2017. The conference will again be hosted at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center located at 111 West Purdue on the Garfield County Fairgrounds beginning at 9:30 am.

Over the past few years, the beef industry has experienced its ups and downs. Similar to other agriculture sectors, profit has been difficult to nail down. Some of the most successful operators in agriculture report that long term success starts with conquering the basics and the cattle industry is no different. Basic fundamental properties such as breeding efficiency, suitable stocking rates, and nutrition are small things that make operations great and hold a beef operation steadfast. This year’s conference showcases a great set of speakers that will help critically evaluate the basics of the commercial beef operation and work toward “Improving Efficiency for a Progressive Future”.

Our keynote speaker this year is Mr. Burke Teichert, Owner of Teichert Management and Consulting. Former Vice President and General Manager with AgReserves, Inc., Teichert is now a ranch consultant and speaker. Many people may recognize Mr. Teichert from his monthly column in Beef Magazine focused on strategic ranch planning. At the conference, Mr. Teichert will provide his approach of purposeful planning to maximize the value of the natural resources on your ranch. Cow selection, scheduling the herd, managing people, and continued marketing and analysis will round up his presentation titled “Five Essentials for Successful Ranch Management”.

Cover crops are a popular addition to crop rotations in Northwest Oklahoma. Dr. Jaymelynn Farney, Extension Beef Systems Specialist from Kansas State University will discuss her latest research on cover crops and the opportunities cattle producers have to utilize some of these as forages in our grazing systems.

One method for cattlemen to managing risk on their operations is to institute a program to wean, vaccinate and pre-condition calves prior to sale. Mr. Gant Mourer, OSU’s Beef Value Enhancement Specialist will talk about the Oklahoma Beef Value Network (OQBN) and its opportunities for producers to showcase proper pre-conditioning practices for premiums at time of sale. Dr. Richard Prather, Ellis County Animal Hospital DVM will take the discussion a step further to look at how preconditioning practices will benefit herd health as a whole.

We hope your schedule will allow you to join us for this excellent program. The Northwest Oklahoma Beef Conference includes a trade show and lunch catered by Hello Catering and Bakery of Perkins, OK. Lunch is sponsored by generous local businesses; Interbank, Security National Back, Central National Bank, and Northwest Vet Supply. The registration for this year’s event is $10 to cover speaker fees and travel. Please RSVP to the Garfield County Extension office with registration fee by Friday August 25th so that an accurate lunch count can be obtained. Cost to attend the day of the conference will increase to $15 per person.

Source - Oklahoma Cooperative Extension



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