Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stone County Livestock and Forage Conference Scheduled for Feb. 11 in Hurley; Registration Needed by Feb. 6

Farmers in southwest Missouri are invited to this year’s Stone County Livestock and Forage Conference held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 at the Hurley Baptist Church, located on Hwy. A 1.5 miles east of Hurley.

“This long-running conference still continues to equip livestock producers to better manage their operations and provide quality beef products for consumers,” said Tim Schnakenberg, says a University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist based in Galena.

The program will focus this year on drought-related issues, alternative forages and cattle theft.

Dr. Ron Plain, state agriculture business specialist with the University of Missouri, will discuss issues related to rebuilding the beef herd and provide a market outlook for the beef industry.

A panel of farm producers will discuss their experiences with alternative forages such as turnips and the use of wrapped baleage.

Stone County Sherriff Doug Rader will discuss the concern of cattle theft that has plagued Southwest Missouri, offering tips for farmers to prevent this problem on their farms.

Schnakenberg will discuss pasture weed control concerns that have come out of the dry weather in recent years.

This annual extension program began in the county in 1931 and is provided by the Stone County University of Missouri Extension Center. Formerly known as the Soils and Crops Conference, this event marks its 83rd year in Stone County.

There is no charge to attend but participants must preregister by Feb. 6. A ribeye steak sandwich meal will be provided courtesy of the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Stone County Soil and Water Conservation District, Liberty Bank, First Home Savings Bank, FCS Financial, Joplin Regional Stockyards, V-Mar Farm Store and Hamilton Ford.

It is important that attendees call the Stone County Extension Center at 417-357-6812 to pre-register by Feb. 6.


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