Dr. Bill Mies, Texas A&M University beef cattle specialist, will discuss the issues related to beef cattle marketing in the short and long term during the Northeast Missouri Livestock Symposium, in Kirksville, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The symposium will be held at the Kirksville Junior High School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove, in Kirksville.

Bruce Lane, University Outreach and Extension livestock specialist, noted, "We are delighted to have Dr. Mies as one of our speakers for the beef section of this year's Livestock Symposium." Mies will speak Friday, at 7 p.m., when he will discuss the "Future of Livestock Marketing." On Saturday, Dec. 1, Mies will talk on the "Beef Cattle Business in 2005--Do You Like What You See?" Mies is a professor of beef cattle science, at Texas A&M. He teaches courses in livestock marketing and stocker cattle and feedyard management. Prior to joining the Texas A&M staff, he worked in the area of research and development of new animal drugs, experiment station management and general management of commercial feedyards. Dr. Mies is a member and past chairman of the Research and Education Committee of the National Cattleman's Association. He is technical advisor to the National Beef Safety Task Force and the Industry Information Committee of the Cattleman's Beef Board.

Bill Jacobs also is no stranger to the beef cattle industry. He grew up on a cow-calf ranch, in northern California, prior to moving the cow-calf herd and his family to Guthrie and Sulphur, OK. He has judged numerous cattle shows from coast to coast and internationally. Presently, Jacobs owns and manages the Jacobs Ranch, in Sulphur, OK. The ranch is home to a purebred horned Hereford herd, a large commercial cow-calf operation and one of the largest calf grazing systems for stocker cattle in the U.S. The ranch typically runs between 3,000 and 6,000 head of stocker cattle annually. Jacobs will discuss "Beef Cattle Breeding--Staying in Business," Saturday, at 1 p.m., following the Governor's Style Luncheon. The session will be repeated at 2 p.m.

The Northeast Missouri Livestock Symposium also will feature Derry Brownfield, Friday evening, and cowboy poet and comedian Baxter Black, Saturday evening. The symposium is free, except tickets to Baxter Black Live are $10 (advance ticket sales only).

The symposium also features additional nationally known speakers on beef cattle, sheep and goats, swine, horses, dairy cattle and forages.

A brochure that includes the entire program line up and other pertinent information related to the Livestock Symposium can be obtained by calling the Adair County Extension Center staff, at 660-665-9866; writing to the Adair County Extension Center, 503 E Northtown Road, Kirksville, MO 63501. Baxter Black tickets can be accessed using the same information as provided above.

A complete Livestock Symposium line-up also can be found at the following website, http://outreach.missouri.edu/adair (click on livestock).

The symposium kicks off Friday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m., when the doors open for the free trade show. A co-sponsored Certified Angus Beef meal will be served at 6 p.m., prior to presentations by Dr. Mies and Dr. Ron Plain. The evening concludes with entertainment featuring Derry Brownfield.

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