Beef Cattlemen's Conference to focus on economics
Speakers to focus on market trends, risks, herd improvement
Economics for managing and improving cattle operations will receive the spotlight for the 48th annual Monett Beef Cattlemen's Cattlemen's Conference, slated for Jan. 31 at the Monett National Guard Armory.
According to Jeff Meredith, Monett Chamber of Commerce executive director, the conference has been moved out of February to avoid conflicts with winter calving.
The conference is an all-day event, sponsored by the Chamber and the University of Missouri Extension Service. The morning and early afternoon will be a separate dairy conference. The Beef Cattlemen's Conference will get underway at 4 p.m.
Dr. Scott Brown, respected agriculture economist from the University of Missouri, will open with an overview of the beef market in 2017 and what trends suggest producers will need to consider.
At 4:45 p.m., Wesley Tucker, Extension agriculture business specialist from Bolivar and Ray Tubaugh from Arvest Bank in Carthage will speak on risk management for small and larger beef operations.
A report from the Missouri Cattlemen's Association will follow on the latest activity in Jefferson City, presented by Dustin Schnake, the Region 7 vice president from Stotts City. The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association will provide a chili supper during the break.
Dr. Jared Decker, an Extension genetics specialist from Columbia, will speak at 6:45 p.m. about developing more valuable cattle herds through the use of DNA. The program will conclude with agronomy specialist Tim Schnakenberg speaking about whether or not weed control in pastures pays for itself.
Cost for the conference is $5 at the door, which covers the meal. Proceeds will benefit ag scholarships offered through the Monett Chamber of Commerce's foundation.
A trade show will be held again in conjunction with the agriculture conferences. Vendors will have an opportunity to promote their services to both the dairy and beef conference attendees. Vendors may contact the Chamber by phone at 417-235-7919 by Jan. 21 to make arrangements.