GALENA, Mo. — Farmers and ranchers in southwest Missouri are invited to attend the 89th Annual Stone County Livestock and Forage Conference, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Crane First Baptist Church, located 2/10 mile south of Crane on Hwy. 413.
“This long-running conference will continue to equip livestock producers to better manage their operations and provide quality beef products for consumers,” according to Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Extension agronomy field specialist based in Galena.
The program will focus this year on two main topics. Dr. Sarah Kenyon, agronomy field specialist based in West Plains, will provide an overview of current research recommendations on tall fescue management.
Jennifer Lutes, county engagement specialist in ag business from Pineville, will discuss how to calculate the cost of raising beef cattle.
This annual extension program has its roots in the county since 1931 and is provided by the Stone County University of Missouri Extension Council.
There is no charge this year to attend thanks to generous sponsors, but participants are asked to preregister by Feb. 4 to reserve their meal.
A ribeye steak sandwich meal will be provided courtesy of Community National Bank, Old Missouri Bank, Simmons Bank, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Stone County Soil & Water Conservation District, American Family Insurance and V-Mar Farm Store.
It is important that attendees pre-register with the Stone County Extension Center by Feb. 4. Call 417-357-6812 for information.
— Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Extension
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