The Missouri Livestock Symposium has earned the reputation for being one of the best educational programs in the country for anyone interested in the production of livestock and forages. This year is no exception.
"We recognize the important link there is between beef cattle and forage production when it comes to profitability," says Garry Mathes, MLS committee chair. "We are combining the two for the Saturday morning program to offer an unbelievable opportunity for our producers and others involved in livestock production."
Dave Pratt, an expert on sustainable agriculture and profitable ranching, is one of the feature speakers. He has taught the "Ranching for Profit" school throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Africa. Pratt has worked closely with the internationally acclaimed grazing and management guru Stan Parsons. Parsons moved back to his home in Zimbabwe in 1998, turning over the reign of Ranch Management Consultants to Pratt.
"This is a great opportunity and value for livestock producers to hear from one of the best and to find ways to help their bottom lines," Mathes adds. "The cost to hear Pratt teach at the symposium for a full day is zero. Typically, schools can cost over $2,000, so this is a golden opportunity."
Pratt will give several talks on Saturday, Dec. 3. These include his Ranching for Profit series topics: Working on the Business, Three Secrets to Profits, Knowing What the Numbers Mean, Hard Work and Harmony, Wealthy on the Balance Sheet, Broke at the Bank, plus a question and answer session.
Producers will also hear from an expert beef cattle panel moderated by Missouri Director of Agriculture Jon Hagler. The panel will tackle important topics and issues in the beef industry, including updates on pinkeye, trichomoniasis, and other management considerations and issues. Panel members will include Dr. Tom Yazwinski, University of Arkansas; Dr. Linda Hickam, Missouri state veterinarian, and Justin Sexten, University of Missouri beef nutritionist. Sexten will also provide producers with ways to reduce feed costs -- something on a lot of producer's minds lately.
Small ruminant sessions, equine education and more
The 2011 Missouri Livestock Symposium also features speakers from coast to coast for producers of sheep and meat goats. In the Equine Section, respected horse clinician Van Hargis from Texas and veterinarian Dr. Ted Stashak of California, will provide horse enthusiasts with important ideas to keep their horses healthy and to assist them with equipment and training ideas that work. An expert panel of horsemen will address other important topics and issues. Stock dog owners will get free advice from nationally known stock dog trainer Lyle East.
Demonstrations related to new beef and pork cuts, and cooking and tasting demonstrations will also be offered. There will also be a speaker on backyard poultry production, tornado safety, and how to access grant money to improve farmstead energy efficiency."
There is no cost to attend the 2011 Missouri Livestock Symposium and no pre-registration is needed. The symposium is held at the Kirksville Middle School located at 1515 S. Cottage Grove in Kirksville. Symposium hours are 4-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Program details can be found at www.missourilivestock.com or call 660-665-9866 or 660-341-6625.
Source: Adair County MU Extension news release