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Cow-Calf Conference To Focus On Drought

28 November 2011

Texas A&M

US - Drought will be the focus of the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference, a joint effort between Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, to be held January 6 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

This annual conference provides cow-calf producers the most up-to-date information on topics that influence cattle profits, said Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon.

The slogan of the annual conference is “driving your cattle to profits,” and Mr Bevers said this year’s drought made it tough to generate any profit.

“However, ranchers have been through droughts before,” he said. “The difference now is the additional rising input costs and market volatility. Coming out of this drought will require a new level of understanding and pencil pushing.”

The conference, which alternates between Texas and Oklahoma each year, will be held from 8 am to 2 pm at the Multi-Purpose Events Center, 1000 5th Street in Wichita Falls.

Registration is $25 per person and includes educational materials, a copy of the conference proceedings, a noon meal and refreshments. Additional information can be obtained at http://agrisk.tamu.edu.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Bryan Rupp, KFDX TV 3 meteorologist from Wichita Falls. Mr Rupp will provide his forecast as well as what to expect from changing weather patterns in this area.

“While nobody knows what the 2012 weather will be, ranchers should start preparing their response to improving weather,” Mr Bevers said.

Additional speakers include Extension faculty from both Oklahoma and Texas. Topics to be discussed include drought-related effects on the area’s cow herd, reinvesting after the drought, the drought’s impact on natural resources, and how herd dynamics can and should change. Industry sponsors also will have their products on display during the event.

Producers are encouraged to preregister by contacting their local AgriLife Extension county agent, their Oklahoma Cooperative Extension county educator, or by contacting Karen Thompson at 940-552-9941, extension 217 or [email protected]



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