Extension personnel from five agencies are working together to provide the latest information to beef producers on everything from nutrition to marketing at three meetings taking place Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
The Five-State Beef Conference is aimed at beef producers from the Texas High Plains, Oklahoma Panhandle, Eastern New Mexico and southern portions of Colorado and Kansas, said Dr. Ted McCollum, beef cattle specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Amarillo.
McCollum is joined in hosting the meeting by Extension officials from Colorado State University, Oklahoma State University, New Mexico State University and Kansas State University.
Meetings are scheduled on Aug. 31 in the Moore Community Building in Dumas; Sept. 1 in the Cimmeron County Fair Building in Boise City, Okla.; and Otero Junior College Student Center, Banquet Room 116 in La Junta, Colo. Each meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m. with registration and conclude at 7 p.m., followed by an evening meal.
Topics and speakers will be:
-- Winter cow nutrition, McCollum and Jack Whittier, Colorado State University.
-- Controlling production costs, Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State, and Jason Ahola, Colorado State.
-- Cash vs. grid marketing, Deb VanOverbeke, Oklahoma State, and Scott Howard, Colorado State.
-- Market outlook, Rodney Jones, Oklahoma State.
-- Value-added opportunities - increasing cost or adding premiums, Manny Encinias, New Mexico State.
-- What it takes – participating in value-added programs, Doug McKinney, Oklahoma State.
The registration deadline is Aug. 21. Registration fee will be $35 per person or $50 for a couple. Checks should be made payable to OSU Animal Science and mailed to Animal Science Extension, 201 Animal Science, Stillwater, Okla. 74078.
For more information, contact McCollum at 806-677-5600, or the OSU Animal Science Extension at 405-744-6060.