Market conditions, regulations topics for cattlemen's meet

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Annual conference to focus on year's forecast, innovations

Five speakers have been lined up for the 27th annual Monett Beef Cattlemen's Conference in Monett.

The annual session will be held from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monett National Guard Armory on Chapell Drive.

The conference will accompany the Monett Dairy Day session, held in the morning and early afternoon. A trade show of ag-related vendors will accompany both sessions.

Dr. Scott Brown, with the University of Missouri's department of agriculture and applied economics, will speak at 4 p.m. on the 2016 beef market and managing risk during the coming year. Veterinarian Craig Payne, with the University of Missouri's veterinary medical extension and continuing education division, will provide an update of the veterinary feed directive and its effect on beef producers at 4:45 p.m.

Keith Stevens, president of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association, will offer an update on legislative activity and organization priorities for the year.

At 6:50 p.m. Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri, will talk about how Mizzou continues to prepare future generations for agriculture production and 
leadership. Spain may bring graduate students to share their experience. The final speakers at 7:45 p.m. will be Sally Northcutt and Bill Bowman from Method Genetics in St. Joseph. They will speak on strategies for genetic improvement in commercial cow herds.

There will be a break at 5:50 p.m. for dinner. The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association plan to prepare chili.

Cost for the conference is $5, payable at the door. The Beef Cattlemen's Conference is a joint effort by the Monett Chamber of Commerce, the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association, the University Extension Service and the trade show exhibitors.

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