Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service and Kansas Cooperative Extension are working together on an educational conference for cow-calf producers.  The Oklahoma-Kansas Cattle conference is slated for Oct. 25 in El Dorado, Kan., and Oct. 26 at the Cowboy Junction near Vinita, Okla.  

"There will be numerous educational displays from county and area Extension educators from Eastern Oklahoma," said Glenn Selk, OSU Cooperative Extension animal reproduction specialist. "Many of these displays will highlight findings from field trials conducted in Northeast Oklahoma and Extension service program opportunities for cattle producers."

Some programs that will be highlighted include the Oklahoma Beef Quality Network, the New Oklahoma Master Cattleman Program, the O-K Steer Feed Out, Cherokee Prairie Twenty Steps to Better Profits and field trials ranging from native range fertilization and pasture aeration to homemade field markers for a weed sprayer. Also present will be three nationally recognized speakers who will discuss key management decisions that large and small cow-calf operations face, said Selk.

Speakers include Sarah Fogleman, Kansas State University, who will talk about working with hired labor within operations; Jim Gosey, University of Nebraska, will speak on the selection decisions that impact the success and sustainability of cow herds in the Midwest and Southern Plains; and Tom Fields, Colorado State University, will be on hand to help producers sort through the myriad of information sources available to arrive at more sound management decisions in many areas of the cattle operations.

Early registration is $12 due by Oct. 19. Late or registration at the door is $15.  

For more information on the Oklahoma meeting, contact Roy Ball, Craig County Extension office at 918-256-7569.  For additional information on the Kansas meeting  registration, contact Twig Marston at 785-532-1267