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Register now to attend Aug. 13, 14 Master Cattleman Summit


Cattle producers looking to get the most out of their herd management decisions should register now to attend the 2009 Master Cattleman Summit at Oklahoma State University's Stillwater campus on Aug. 13 and 14.

"Master Cattleman participants gain valuable hands-on experience determining forage availability, stocking rates, replacement heifer selection, risk management tools, using cowherd management software and more," said Dave Lalman, OSU Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist.

Participation in the summit will be limited to the first 180 registrants. Producers can register at http://orangehub.okstate.edu on the Internet. Cost is $30 per person.

Thursday Aug. 13 sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and focus on keys to minimizing cow-calf enterprise risk, tools to minimize market and production risk, breeding systems to optimize cow efficiency and grazing management to minimize cost. These sessions will take place in 123 Animal Science, located on Monroe St. near Hall of Fame Ave.

"Scott DeWald of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association will be the lunchtime speaker, and Jim Garling, a professional acoustic western cowboy and western swing artist from Oklahoma, will provide entertainment during the nighttime social and banquet," Lalman said.

Friday Aug. 14 sessions will get an earlier start, with participants taking part in hands-on exercises from 7:20 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the OSU Range Cow Research Center. The exercises will emphasize grazing management and selection principles. Hands-on concurrent sessions will follow, focusing on herd management software, enterprise budgeting and farm financial records.

The summit will conclude at approximately noon on Friday.

"A block of rooms has been reserved at the Stillwater Plaza and the Cimarron Hotel for summit participants, and Stillwater has many other fine accommodations as well," Lalman said.

Specific hotel contact information and rates are listed with the registration materials on the Internet site.

"Our Master Cattleman program is an interdisciplinary team effort that has provided many significant and positive contributions to Oklahoma cattle producers, related agribusinesses and the overall state economy," said Damona Doye, OSU Regents professor of agricultural economics and co-leader of the team with Lalman.

The program spans numerous academic disciplines and departments, and involves OSU Cooperative Extension state, district and area specialists and county Extension educators from across Oklahoma.

One of the most widely recognized benefits of the program is the Oklahoma Beef Cattle Manual, a 41-chapter comprehensive resource that addresses business, production and natural resource topics related to operational success in the beef industry. Manuals have been distributed to every Oklahoma county, as well as 31 states and six foreign countries.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service honored the Master Cattleman program this spring for its outstanding contributions to Oklahoma's cattle producers, providing real means to improve the quality of life for them, their families and communities.

Anyone seeking additional information about either the summit or the Master Cattleman program should contact Lalman at 405-744-6060 or Doye at 405-744-9813. For additional registration information, contact OSU Agricultural Conferences Services at 405-744-6489.'

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