The Southwest Beef Symposium, jointly hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, is set for Jan. 14-15 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3100 Interstate 40 West, Amarillo.

“Looking to the Future” is the theme of this year’s conference, said Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo.

“After some very rough years of drought, we will address issues of concern to the industry at large, but also at the ranch level. Hopefully we have turned the corner and are beginning to stabilize the national cow inventory.”

Individual registration is $80, which includes a steak dinner on Jan. 14, lunch on Jan. 15, refreshments and symposium proceedings. Registration is required by Jan. 9 and seating is limited to 150, McCollum said, advising participants to register early. Others will be put on a waiting list.

Register online at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu or by phone at 979-845-2604.

The opening session from 1-5 p.m. on Jan. 14 will address big-picture emerging issues in the global beef industry, he said.

Issues and speakers will be:

  • The Beef Industry: What’s in Store Over the Next Five Years and Next 10 Years?, Dr. Darrell Peel, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
  • Ranching Strategies for the Long Term, Clint Richardson, Triangle Ranch, Paducah.
  • Regulatory Issues Facing the New Mexico and Texas Cattle Industry, Karen Cowen, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Ross Wilson, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Amarillo.
  • Where Do I Go to Get Help with Regulatory and Legal Issues on My Property?, Tiffany Dowell, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo.

The symposium on Jan. 15 will address rangeland resource management in the morning and beef herd management in the afternoon. Issues and speakers will be:

  • Rangeland Resource Management in the Panhandle: A Long-Term Perspective, Andrew Bivins, JA Ranch, Amarillo.
  • Tipping Points for Juniper and Mesquite Control: Canopy Cover and Forage Production, Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas A&M AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist, Vernon.
  • Evaluating the Current Costs and Future Value of Rangeland Improvement Practices, Dr. Richard Connor, rangeland economist, Texas A&M University, College Station.
  • Climate and Weather Outlook: Better Days Ahead?, Brian Bledsoe, chief meteorologist, KKTV, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • Heifer Development Strategies, Dr. Andy Roberts, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service Livestock and Range Research Laboratory, Fort Keogh, Montana.
  • Genetic Management Tools for Commercial Cow-calf Producers, Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Corpus Christi.
  • Bull Performance in the Pasture: What We Know, What We Are Learning, Dr. Bruce Carpenter, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Ft. Stockton.

For more information, go to the symposium website http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/swbeef/ or contact McCollum at 806-677-5600 or ft-mccollum@tamu.edu.