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Missouri Livestock Symposium features the Horseman with a Message

Van Hargis of Victoria, Texas, will be just one of several nationally recognized equine experts to be in Kirksville, Mo., on Dec. 7 and 8, to share their knowledge with horse enthusiasts. Although the Symposium will feature a superb equine experience, it also has nationally known authorities who will speak on beef cattle, sheep, meat goats, forages, stock dogs, farm and ranch succession, the weather, and more.

According to Garry L. Mathes, Chair of the 2012 Missouri Livestock Symposium, Hargis has been called one of today's most versatile horsemen, a designation that reflects a lifetime devoted to learning and communicating the elements of superior horsemanship as applied in a variety of disciplines. More than just a clinician who talks about horsemanship, Van Hargis is a true horseman whose clinics and seminars are born out of real world experiences working with and learning from horses. Hargis will give two talks at this year's Symposium which is free and open to the public. Also speaking in the Horse Section this year will be another Texan, Dr. Ron Gill of Texas A & M. Gill has served livestock and equine producers in Texas for 25 years as a Professor and Extension Livestock Specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension Service. He is recognized nationally for addressing industry concerns and issues related to animal welfare and well-being. Dr. Gill's talk will be on "Horse Nutrition Simplified." He will also be a speaker in the Beef Section where he talks on Cattle Behavior and Handling (visit for more program details on the equine or other speakers and topics at the Symposium). Emily Costello, horsemanship instructor and lecturer in equine science at Truman State University will present a program on horse color genetics. Emily, who has had great success as Truman's Equestrian Team Coach, will share in practical ways how breeding horses for specific colors can be achieved.

The Missouri Livestock Symposium opens its doors at 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Hours for Dec. 8 are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Symposium also features an agriculture-related trade show, a classic tractor contest and display, a free beef dinner at 6 p.m., Dec. 7 and a free Governor's Style Luncheon on noon Dec. 8 coordinated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and co-sponsored by many of Missouri's outstanding commodity groups and associations. In addition to all of the educational speakers Dec. 8, the Dec. 7 evening program will headline Tony Clayton of Clayton Agri-Marketing who will talk on "Livestock Exports and the Effect on U.S. Agriculture."

For additional program details go to or call the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866 or Garry Mathes at 660-341-6625, or email Bruce Lane at (and put MLS in the subject line).

Date: 11/5/2012


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