In an effort to bring producers new research and technology based on ever-changing environmental conditions, the Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference will be held July 29 in Wichita Falls, jointly hosted by AgriLife Extension and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist at Vernon said the conference offers the most up-to-date information on topics and tools that might help producers reach the conference’s slogan, “driving your cattle to profits.” Bevers said forecast for El Nino development offer some hope for this falls’ wheat planting conditions and for the potential for fall grazing of stocker cattle.
The conference, which alternates between Texas and Oklahoma each year, will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MPEC, 1000 5th St., Wichita Falls. Registration is $25 per person and includes educational materials, a noon meal and refreshments. Producers are encouraged to preregister by contacting their local extension office.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and AgriLife Extension economist from College Station.
Outlaw frequently interacted with members of Congress during the recent farm bill debate and during its implementation across the country, Bevers said. His discussion will focus on the farm bill, the policy center’s software decision aide, and how the farm bill impact will influence area wheat producers’ income.
The program will also include the following speakers and topics:
- Bevers, expectations for the wheat and stocker cattle markets.
- Dr. Chris Richards, Oklahoma State University, nutrition and health of stocker cattle
- Dr. Mark Gregory, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension agronomist, update on wheat forage and varieties.
- Dr. Tom Hairgrove, veterinarian and AgriLife Extension animal health specialist and program coordinator in College Station, stocker cattle health management and the use of antibiotics in food animals.
Industry sponsors will have their products on display during the event. For more information contact the extension office at (940) 538-5042 or go to http://agrisk.tamu.edu.