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Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit set for March 23


Producers interested in taking advantage of the latest science-based information on enhancing the health and handling of cattle should register now to attend the March 23 Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit.

"Getting live and healthy cattle to market is essential for producers, especially given current cattle prices and beef inventory numbers," said David Cantrell, Pittsburg County Extension director and agricultural educator.

Cantrell said the ultimate goal of the summit is to help participants promote profitability in their operations.

The 2011 summit will take place at McAlester's Southeast Expo Center, located at 4500 W. State Highway 270, off the Indian Nation Turnpike. The summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. and finish mid-afternoon.

Cost is $20 for each primary participant and $10 for each additional family member attending the summit. Lunch and refreshment breaks will be provided. Although the official registration deadline is March 16, participants are asked to register as soon as possible.

Registration brochures are available through all OSU Cooperative Extension county offices. Anyone seeking additional information should contact Cantrell by e-mail at david.cantrell@okstate.edu or by phone at 918-423-4120.

Sessions will be led by educators, specialists and researchers from OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and from Texas AgriLife Extension.

Topics will focus on the importance of animal husbandry, stockmanship and stewardship, the economics of good fly control, how safety and consistency promote profitability and tips for preventing anaplasmosis of robbing a cattle operation of profits.

"The opportunity to interact with and ask questions of some of the leading experts in the fields of cattle health and handling, plus their fellow producers, can really help participants put themselves into the most advantageous position possible in regards to maximizing their operation's potential profitability," Cantrell said.

A cattle industry trade show will take place in conjunction with the summit, allowing participants to examine products and ask questions of company representatives.

The 2011 summit is sponsored by the division's Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the Oklahoma Beef Council.

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