The 2016 Monett Beef Cattlemen's Conference begins at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 9 at the National Guard Armory in Monett, Mo. This will be the 47th year for this conference that has become a must-attend event for southwest Missouri cattle producers. The conference kicks off at 3:30 p.m. as the trade show opens. Educational presentations begin at 4 p.m.
The opening speaker is the popular Scott Brown, University of Missouri Agricultural and Applied Economist. He will reveal the 2016 beef market outlook and discuss the various risk management tactics producers can draw on in marketing cattle.
Craig Payne, DVM with the University of Missouri Veterinary College will explain how the veterinary feed directive (VFD) will affect cattlemen, feed providers, and veterinarians beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Payne introduced this topic to cattlemen at the 2015 conference. Since that time, there is more charity to the numerous details that he will review.
Just ahead of the evening break, Keith Stevens of Bolivar will share what is happening in Jefferson City as far as the Missouri Cattlemen's Association is concerned. Stevens was elected the association's president at their annual meeting in early January.
During the break, attendees will enjoy a chili supper with chili blended from Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association recipes. Time will also permit visitors to look at exhibits and register for drawings.
Presentations resume before 7 p.m. with the topic, "Preparing Future Generations for Agricultural Production and Leadership." Jim Spain, vice-provost for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Missouri, will lead this session with student and former student help.
The concluding session looks at strategies for genetic improvement in commercial beef cow herds. Purebred herds have expected progeny differences (EPDs) to guide their progress and a new company, Method Genetics, LLC, St. Joseph.
The conference is a cooperative effort of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association, University of Missouri Extension and trade show exhibitors. Advance registration is not required but there is a $5 charge at the door. Details are available at either the Monett Chamber or the Extension Center, Mt. Vernon 417-466-3102.
Source: University of Missouri Extension