The 2013 Mid-south Stocker Conference, a cooperative program of the University of Kentucky
Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Tennessee Extension will be Feb. 26-27 at the Rural Development Center in Somerset, Kentucky. Bayer Animal Health and BEEF are partners in the conference.
Now in its eighth year, the conference last year attracted more than 250 stocker operators from throughout the Mid-south and other states and 30 trade show exhibitors. The one and a half-day educational program will feature well-known professionals in the cattle industry who will provide updates on production, health, marketing and economics.
It all starts 1 p.m. Feb. 26 with a virtual tour of three stocker operators. Attendees will have opportunity to view the operations and later interact with the producers during a panel discussion of their operations and production practices. The day will conclude with a reception, dinner and trade show opening at the exhibition hall of the Rural Development Center.
Tom Noffsinger, a veterinarian and recognized cattle behaviorist from Benkelman, Nebraska will be the conference's lead speaker and will discuss the impact of stress in cattle handling and its effect on immunity and eventual stocker performance. Recent research has demonstrated that "stressed" cattle do not respond as well to vaccination and perform up to expectations.
Registration costs $95 per person and $150 for husband and wife if completed by Feb. 16, 2013. After that, registration will be $125. Early registration is encouraged in order to make plans for the conference, meals events and use of the facilities. You may register online at www.midsouthstocker.org or complete and submit the registration form that is available on the web site.