Friday, February 08, 2013

Taney County Livestock and Forage Conference is Feb. 28; Rebuilding Forage, Feral Hogs, Market Outlook are Topics

The annual Taney County Livestock and Forage Conference has been scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Forsyth High School Cafeteria (Panther Pit) in Forsyth.

A beef pot roast supper is planned at no cost to the participant thanks to local sponsors: Peoples Bank of the Ozarks, First Community Bank and Branson Bank.

To reserve a meal, pre-registration is required by calling the Taney County Extension Center at 417-546-4431 before Feb. 25.


This popular University of Missouri Extension program is attended by livestock producers in order to learn the latest information to manage their farms better and improve farm income.

“This long-running conference continues to equip livestock producers to better manage their operations and provide quality beef products for consumers,” said Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist based in Galena. “The program will focus on a variety of topics useful for all livestock producers.”

For this year’s meeting, a planning committee from the community organized a discussion on the management concerns for cattlemen. Dr. Scott Brown, state extension ag business specialist from Columbia will lead a discussion about the latest on the farm bill, a beef market outlook, tax consequences for last year’s herd sell-off and issues related to rebuilding the herd.

Also scheduled is a discussion by Tim Schnakenberg on how to rebuild the forage base following the drought. Randy Farrar, USDA wildlife specialist from Isabella, Mo., will be on hand to address feral hog concerns in Taney County.


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