Conference seeks cattle producer solutions to chronic drought

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Cattle producers from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas plan to meet in early December to discuss operation management solutions to recent obstacles.

The Four States Cattle Conference in Texarkana on Dec. 3 will gather cattle producers to discuss the effects of the drought, feed costs, herd sizes and other trends facing the industry.  

“Chronic drought, high feed prices and low cattle numbers have made significant changes in how we run beef operations in our four states,” said Paul Beck, associate professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “We want our producers to come out of this program with solid tools to keep them in business.”

The day-long conference includes a market outlook by Oklahoma State University’s Derrell Peel, tips and trends on parasite control by Jeremy Powell, professor and University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture veterinarian and a look at cow size and efficiency by LSU AgCenter’s Ryon Walker.

A long-range weather forecast and cattle handling demonstration are also included in the conference.

For more information about the event, contact Paul Beck, 877-777-9702 or

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