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River Valley Beef Cattle Conference set for February 12, 2013

February 6, 2013

Beef cattle outlook, rebuilding the cowherd, rebuilding pastures and alternative feedstuffs are among the agenda topics for the 2013 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference set for Feb. 12, 2013, at the I-40 Livestock Auction in Ozark.

 

The River Valley Beef Cattle Conference is a joint educational effort by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

 

The conference speakers are:

  • Dr. Tom Troxel, professor and associate head, Animal Science “Is It Time to Rebuild the Herd?”
  • Dr. John Jennings, professor – forages “Rebuilding Pastures”
  • Dr. Paul Beck, professor – Animal Science “Uses and Limitations of Alternative Feedstuffs for Cattle”
  • A representative from CattleFax will speak on the beef cattle market outlook

 

A registration fee of $20 will be collected at the door. The conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

As a result of the 2012 drought, many cattle producers sold a percentage of their cowherd. How are they going to rebuild? Dr. Tom Troxel, associate head, Animal Science Department, for the University of Arkansas will address this critical question and provide options and ideas on rebuilding the cowherd.

 

Pastures were devastated during the drought. Managing these pastures will be very important as the spring growing season approaches. Dr. John Jennings, professor – forages, Animal Science Department, for the University of Arkansas will provide practical, science-based best management practices to rebuild pastures.

 

Even though many cattle producers have purchased hay, many are still short hay. Not all feedstuffs are appropriate for all classes of beef cattle. Dr. Paul Beck, professor, Animal Science Department, for the University of Arkansas will discuss the uses and limitations of alternative feedstuffs for cattle.

 

Volatility is the most common word used to describe the cattle market and the cost of production. A speaker from CattleFax will discuss the cattle market and provide some insight into where the market is going. In addition, expansion is another word many are using in today’s cattle industry. Should the cow/calf industry expand? Is this not the time to expand? CattleFax will sort out the data and provide some insight.

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