Commercial Agriculture Stocker/Backgrounder
Institute to be held February 19, 2009
By Michelle Proctor, Senior Information Specialist
Dr. Craig Payne, Commercial Agriculture Program beef veterinarian, has announced the debut of a conference for stocker and backgrounder operators from Missouri and neighboring states. The one day Institute will be held on Thursday, February 19, at the Harrisonville Community Center in Harrisonville, MO.
"Missouri is an ideal location for stocker and backgrounding operations because we have an abundance of pastureland and easy access to the Midwest corn belt and the Great Plains cattle feeding belt," said Payne. "There are opportunities for Missourians to excel in this endeavor and there is a need for conferences such as this one to give them the tools to succeed."
Dr. Justin Sexten, University of Missouri Extension, Commercial Agriculture Program beef nutritionist and colleague, Joe Horner, beef economist, will give presentations during the morning sessions.
In the afternoon, Mike Nichols, DVM, Pfizer Animal Health, Vega, TX, will talk about disease dynamics and how to reduce disease challenge. Shaun Sweiger, a veterinary consultant from Edmund, OK, will discuss treatment protocols for bovine respiratory disease and how data can be used to monitor the effectiveness of the treatments.
Highlighting the Institute will be Tom Gallery of the Gallery Ranch in Dewey, Oklahoma, winner of the 2007 National Stocker Award's backgrounding/drylot division. Mr. Gallery will discuss the Gallery Ranch operation with an emphasis on how alliance formation and data management has played a role in their success.
The Gallery's used to hand-write cattle records on note cards. "It wasn't until after the cattle were gone that we could tally up what had happened. We had no real-time information," says Gallery. He began using management software in 2003 and was amazed at the possibilities from collecting cattle data and analyzing it in a systematic manner.
Registration will begin at 9:30 AM with welcome and introductions at 10:00 AM. Cost for the one day Institute will be $50. For more information, contact Craig Payne at 573 882-8236 or email@example.com . Registration begins January 1. To register, contact Christine Pickett, 573 882-4349 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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