MT. VERNON, Mo. — The 2017 version of the Monett Beef Cattlemen’s Conference begins at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Monett National Guard Armory, 300 Chapell Drive, Monett.
The long-running event teams up with Dairy Day to give beef and dairy farmers a well-rounded educational opportunity for the entire day.
The beef program begins at 3:30 pm following the dairy talks that began late morning on the same day.
The first beef speaker (at 4 p.m.) is Dr. Scott Brown, University of Missouri Extension livestock marketing specialist, Columbia. His program topic is “2017 Beef Market Outlook.”
Following Scott, a presentation will be given by Wesley Tucker, University of Missouri Extension agribusiness specialist and Ray Tubaugh, Arvest Bank, Carthage. Their topic is “Risk Management Options for Small and Larger Beef Operations in Southwest Missouri.”
At 5:30 p.m., Dustin Schnake, Stotts City Region 7 Missouri Cattlemen’s Association vice-president, will give an update on the Cattlemen’s activities including news from Jefferson City on the legislative scene.
The evening meal of blended chili from 25 different kitchens will be served by the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. The trade show can also be visited during the break.
The conference resumes at 6:45 p.m. with Dr. Jared Decker, University of Missouri Extension beef genetics specialist, speaking on “Selecting More Valuable Cattle Using DNA.”
Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist, concludes the program with the topic, “Weed Control in Pastures – Does It Pay?”
The conference is co-sponsored by the Monett Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, University of Missouri Extension, Lawrence and Barry counties and the trade show exhibitors.
There is a $5 registration fee payable at the door to help with meal expenses and for use with youth agriculture education programs conducted by the Chamber.
For program details on the dairy portion of the conference, contact Reagan Bluel at the Barry County Extension Center 417-847-3161. The contact for the beef portion of the conference is Eldon Cole, Mt. Vernon, 417-466-3102.
— University of Missouri Extension
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