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Southwest Stocker Cattle Conference Sept. 29 in Lawton


Stocker cattle operators in and around southwestern Oklahoma continue to face a number of non-traditional management scenarios, but insights are available by attending the 7th annual Southwest Stocker Cattle Conference on Sept. 29.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the conference will take place at the Great Plains Technology Center, located at 4800 SW Lee Blvd. in Lawton. Conference sign-in will begin at 8:45 a.m., with sessions starting at 9:15 a.m., and finishing at approximately 2:30 p.m.

"Participants will pick up the latest science-based information and practical tips vital to making sound management decisions, always important given the tight profit margins under which most producers operate," said Bob LeValley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension area livestock specialist.

There is no cost to attend. However, participants are asked to pre-register by contacting their local OSU Cooperative Extension county office or the Southwest Area OSU Cooperative Extension Office in Duncan at 580-255-0546.

"Pre-registration is easy to do and helps ensure sufficient numbers of conference materials, complimentary lunches and refreshments are provided," LeValley said.

Gerald Horn, OSU professor of animal science, will lead the opening session. Horn will review research being conducted at the OSU Wheat Pasture Research Unit near Marshall, part of the statewide Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system.

"Research at this location has yielded a tremendous amount of information for producers, including identification of opportunities for increased efficiency and use of wheat forage in terms of raising stocker cattle," LeValley said.

Stan Bevers, Texas AgriLIFE Extension economist, will then discuss the current market situation and outlook specific to wheat pasture stocker cattle and the potential profitability of wheat-stocker enterprises.

Daren Williams, executive director of National Cattlemen's Beef Association Communications, will speak about beef advocacy and how cattle producers can effectively dispel myths and share facts.

Dr. Gene Parker, OSU Cooperative Extension veterinarian and area food-animal quality and health specialist, will lead the afternoon session on vaccine handling and care, reviewing recommended procedures for getting the best return on producer investment in animal healthcare products.

A trade show will take place in conjunction with the conference.

Anyone seeking additional information about the Sept. 29 conference should contact LeValley by e-mail at bob.levalley@okstate.edu or by telephone at 580-255-0546.

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