Tony Clayton of Clayton Agri-Marketing will be the keynote speaker at the free two-day Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 7-8 at Kirksville Middle School, Kirksville, Mo.

Clayton, of Jefferson City, will talk about his 25-plus years of experience exporting livestock and agriculture products from the U.S. to more than 40 countries.

A trade show kicks off the two-day event at 4 p.m. and a classic tractor contest gives participants an opportunity to be featured on television station KTVO’s “Good Morning Heartland” program.

Clayton will give the keynote address at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, following a free 6 p.m. dinner, award presentations and musical entertainment.

On Saturday, nationally known speakers on horses, cattle, goats, stock dogs and other topics such as forage and farm estate strategies will present a variety of workshops. Topics include pinkeye, MU’s Quality Beef by the Numbers program, bluetongue, chronic wasting disease, sheep economy, hair sheep, horse nutrition and genetics, and meat goats. There will also be workshops on flower arrangement and nutrition in the home. At noon there will be a free “governor’s-style luncheon” sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and several Missouri commodity groups.

Program and trade show details are available at www.missourilivestock.com. For more information, contact Bruce Lane, Adair County MU Extension Center, at 660-665-9866 or LaneN@missouri.edu.

Committee chair this year is Garry Mathes.

Pre-registration is not required.