Saturday, February 08, 2014

Stone County Livestock and Forage Conference Scheduled for Feb. 20 in Crane

Contact: Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist
Headquartered in Stone County
Tel: (417) 357-6812

GALENA, Mo. -- Farmers in Southwest Missouri are invited to attend this year’s Stone County Livestock and Forage Conference from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Crane First Baptist Church, located 2/10 mile south of Crane on Hwy. 413.

There is a small fee to attend and participants must preregister by Feb. 17 to reserve their meal.

“This long-running conference will continue 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 this year will focus on three main topics.”

Dr. Rob Kallenbach, state forage specialist with University of Missouri Extension, will discuss how to develop a forage program for the long-haul.

Wesley Tucker, a regional agriculture business specialist with MU Extension, will discuss options for cattle producers to either sell or not to sell calves at weaning time.

Two veterinarians, Dr. Jason Salchow and Dr. Darren Loula, will be on hand to discuss how to keep herd health under control.  Their presentation will give recommendations on how to prevent health problems and when the livestock producer needs to call a vet.

This annual extension program has its roots in the county since 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 84th year in Stone County.

A ribeye steak sandwich meal will be provided courtesy of the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, FCS Financial, Liberty Bank, Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, Stone County Soil and Water Conservation District, V-Mar Farm Store, First Home Savings Bank, The Bank of Billings and Nixa Hardware.

It is important that attendees are preregistered and have paid their fee with the Stone County Extension Center by Feb. 17. Call the Stone County Extension Center at 417-357-6812 to register or for more information.


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