BarCo Soils and Crops to focus on beef production

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Speakers to focus on forages, genomes to raise quality

The University of Missouri Extension will host the 90th annual Barry County Soils and Crops Conference on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the First Christian Church, 905 Old Exeter Road in Cassville.

According to conference coordinator Reagan Bluel, presenters will focus on helping local producers manage their bottom line.

“The topics raised by our 2019 Soil and Crops planning committee of Barry County targeted beef producers,” said Bluel. “Following the drought, many are thinking about establishing summer forages into their program. Bermuda, alfalfa and native grasses are all proven successful forage platforms in Barry County.”

Jennifer Lutes, Extension ag business specialist, will speak on "The Economics of Alfalfa: does it pay for my beef operation?" Agronomist Tim Schnackenberg will speak on "Taking your Forage Program to the Next Level" through the use of Bermuda native grasses.

Dr. Jared Decker, assistant professor of beef genetics and computational genomics with the University of Missouri, will present the keynote address: Beef Genomics 101. Decker will address the group on how to get started in Genomic testing and how it will help improve local herds.

Recently, the cow herd at the University's Southwest Center near Mt. Vernon had all the stragglers culled to stretch feed inventories, offering what Decker called "the ideal opportunity to explore ways to change and improve our cow herd through genomic analysis."

Once again this year, the First Christian Church of Cassville, east of the Cassville Walmart, offered to host the conference. Additionally, dinner will feature local caterer John Sullivan. Those pre-registered will be charged $5 or a $7 fee at the door. Attendants are asked to make reservations by calling the MU Extension of Barry County at 417-847-3161 or visit the office on the square in Cassville.

“In addition to our great speakers and great food, every paid registrant will receive a $5 coupon to analyze a forage sample.” Bluel said. “It’s a win win, I hope everyone will join us for a great event.”

Any persons or business wishing to sponsor the program should contact the University of Missouri Extension office directly. Sponsorship checks supporting the conference should be made payable to University of Missouri Extension, 700 Main, Suite 4, Cassville, MO 65625.

Doors will open at the church at 5:30 p.m. The program, beginning with supper, runs from 6 to 9:15 p.m.

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