The KOMA (4 – State) Beef Cattle Conference is a joint effort by the Extension Services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas to provide participants of the beef cattle industry the latest information on production, marketing, economics, nutrition and forage utilization. The Missouri portion of the conference will be held at Joplin Regional Stockyards on the afternoon and evening of Jan. 14, 2014, beginning with registration at 3 p. m.
The speakers at the meeting will be Scott Clawson – NE Oklahoma Area Agriculture Economist, providing an 2014 Economic Outlook on the Beef Cattle Industry and Discussing Herd Expansion and Dr. Justin Sexten – MU Extension State Beef Cattle Nutrition Specialist, discussing Alternative Feedstuffs. We will have a discussion panel in which Voyd Brown, DVM, Barry County Veterinary Services, Cassville, will discuss Estrus Synchronization and Artificial Insemination; Rod Lewis, Sarcoxie, will discuss Baleage; Troy Watson, Joplin Regional Stockyards Representative, Bolivar, will discuss the Process and Procedures of Cattle Comingling Program, and Monte Nail, Vinita, OK, will discuss Cattle Video Marketing. The keynote presenter for the evening will be Dr. Dave Rethorst, Beef Cattle Institute Director of Outreach at Kansas State University. His presentation will be “Animal Welfare, BQA and Beef Production–How It All Fits Together.”
The evening meal will be catered by the cafe at Joplin Regional Stockyards. During the event agriculture industry supporters of the event will have booths setup that you can visit and learn more about their products that will help improve your beef cattle operation.
The cost of the event if you preregister prior to Jan. 10 is $25 per person or if you pay at the door the cost is $30 per person. This fee will include the meal.
If you are interested in attending the meeting, being a supporter of the meeting, or would like more information on the meeting, please contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at 417/276-3313 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.