The 2013 Missouri Livestock Symposium garnered speakers to help beef producers plan for the future and be safe.
Two nationally known beef cattlemen, Kit Pharo of Pharo Cattle Company, and Ron Gill of Texas A&M, will be featured during the two day event Dec. 6 and 7 in Kirksville. Pharo will address "Ranching for Profit in the 21st Century." He has spoken extensively about his low-input real-world philosophies of raising cattle. Pharo has developed an extensive production system, marketing over 800 bulls annually all over North America. He believes that the right kind of cattle can thrive in a variety of environments.
Gill will talk on "Getting the Most Out of Improved Stockmanship" and "Factors Affecting Nutritional Needs of Cows." He will also be a featured speaker in the equine section where he will address the topic of "Feeding the Performance Horse."
Information to help lower operating costs
The event will also offer information aimed to help producers directly lower annual operating costs by exploring the latest research on hay feeding and waste. Justin Sexten, University of Missouri Extension state beef specialist, will address how feeder design and management affect hay waste. According to Sexten, winter feeding is the largest yearly cost, greater than 30%, to maintaining a cow herd.
The Missouri Livestock Symposium will also feature an agriculturally related trade show, a free beef meal on Friday evening at 6 p.m., and a free lunch on Saturday at noon, coordinated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and sponsored by many of Missouri's fine commodity groups and the Missouri Livestock Symposium planning committee.
Friday evening's program will feature a keynote address titled "Gratitude and Patriotism: A Personal Prospective" by Dr. Garry Lacefield from the University of Kentucky. Dr. David Moore of Kirksville, Missouri will be inducted into the Missouri Livestock Symposium Hall of Fame.
The program will be held December 6 and 7 at the William Matthew Middle School (formerly the Kirksville Middle School) in Kirksville, Mo. Program details may be found online or by calling the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.
There is no cost to attend the program and no registration is needed. Event hours are from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, December 6 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. In addition to educational programs and speakers on all species of livestock (horses, beef cattle, sheep and meat goats), the Symposium also has speakers on forages, stock dogs, and farm succession planning, to just name a few of the topics. The program will cover the latest information on the Affordable Health Care Act and what effects it will have on insurance consumers.
Source: Missouri Livestock Symposium