The 46th Annual Monett Beef Cattlemen's Conference, Feb. 19 will be held at the National Guard Armory in Monett, Mo. The trade show and registration begins at 3:30 p.m. Educational presentations begin at 4 p.m.
"This year's agenda should appeal to a wide sector of the southwest Missouri beef industry," said Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
The first conference speaker is Craig Payne, University of Missouri Director of Veterinary Medical Extension. He will outline new antibiotic rules that will affect livestock owners, feed suppliers and veterinarians. Those rules are currently set to begin by December 2016.
The second afternoon presentation on the beef market outlook will be given by Scott Brown, University of Missouri Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
A technology panel will follow with the topic of staying connected via apps, smart phones and other innovations used by the younger generation. Panelists include Beth Outz and Taylor Tuttle of the Missouri Beef Industry Council, Columbia; Cody Washam, Wentworth owner/operator of Wide Range Bovine Unlimited; and Glen Cope, beef cattle rancher from Aurora.
"This panel will help teach attendees how they communicate and use and receive information regarding agriculture," said Cole.
At the break, around 6 p.m., the trade show will be open and a chili supper will be served by the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association.
The evening session begins with an update on the Missouri Cattlemen's Association by Janet Akers, president of MCA.
Garrett Hawkins with Missouri Farm Bureau in Jefferson City will explain some of the water concerns of land owners in southwest Missouri.
The final speaker is Wesley Tucker, agriculture business specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Bolivar. He will discuss lease options for land and cattle.
The Monett event is a joint effort of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen, University of Missouri Extension and the trade show exhibitors. Registration of $5 per person is payable at the door.
Further details about the conference are available at the Monett Chamber 417-235-7919 or the University Extension Center, Mt. Vernon 417-466-3102.
Source: University of Missouri Extension