Thursday, November 21, 2013

KOMA Beef Cattle Conference at Joplin Regional Stockyards Jan. 14; Pre-Registration Needed by Jan. 10

Contact: Patrick Davis, livestock specialist
Headquartered in Cedar County
Tel: 417-276-3313

STOCKTON, Mo. – The 2014 KOMA Beef Conference begins at 3 p.m., Jan. 14, 2014, at the Joplin Regional Stockyards in Carthage, Mo.

The KOMA Beef Cattle Conference is a joint effort by the Extension Services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas to provide participants of the beef cattle industry the latest information on production, marketing, economics, nutrition and forage utilization.  The Missouri portion of the conference is being held at Joplin Regional Stockyards.

Speakers for the conference cover a lot of different topics. For example:
Scott Clawson, NE Oklahoma agriculture economist, providing a 2014 Economic Outlook on the “Beef Cattle Industry and Discussing Herd Expansion.:
Dr. Justin Sexten, MU Extension state beef cattle nutrition specialist, discussing “Alternative Feedstuffs.”
Voyd Brown, DVM, Barry County Veterinary Services in Cassville, will discuss “Estrus Synchronization and Artificial Insemination.”
Rod Lewis, Sarcoxie, will discuss “Baleage.”
Troy Watson, Joplin Regional Stockyards Representative from Bolivar, will discuss the “Process and Procedures of Cattle Comingling Program.”
Monte Nail, Vinita, OK, will discuss “Cattle Video Marketing.”

The keynote presenter for the evening is Dr. Dave Rethorst, Beef Cattle Institute Director of Outreach at Kansas State University and his presentation will be, "Animal Welfare, BQA and Beef Production--How It All Fits Together."

The evening meal will be catered by the cafe at Joplin Regional Stockyards.

“During the event agriculture industry supporters of the event will have booths setup that you can visit and learn more about their products that will help improve your beef cattle operation,” said Davis.

The cost of the event for those who pre-register prior to Jan. 10, 2014 is $25 per person. Payment at the door will cost $30 per person.

For more information, contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313 or send an email to

For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Mt. Vernon, (417) 466-3102, Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551, Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313 or Logan Wallace in Howell County at (417) 256-2391.


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