Green grass has replaced drought-stricken terrain, but only time will tell for how long, said Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in Vernon.
Producers can hear from experts on how to best prepare and manage for greater operational efficiency during the upcoming Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference, set for July 28 at the Comanche County Coliseum, 920 S. Sheridan Road, Lawton, Oklahoma.
AgriLife Extension and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will jointly host the conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is $25 per person and includes educational materials, a noon meal and refreshments.
Producers are encouraged to preregister by contacting their local AgriLife Extension county agent, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension county educator or the Southwest Oklahoma Area Extension office at 580-255-0546.
Bevers said commodity prices, weather and tight margins cause producers to stretch every dollar for the greatest efficiency. Determining ways to improve this efficiency will be the focus of the joint conference.
Speakers will include Bevers, who will provide a wheat and cattle market update, and Dr. Mark Gregory, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service agronomist in Duncan, who will discuss factors that influence wheat forage production.
Dr. Chris Richards, Oklahoma State University Extension and research beef cattle nutrition specialist in Stillwater, will discuss “performance robbers” in feed and water. Gant Mourer, Oklahoma State beef value enhancement specialist in Stillwater, will discuss value enhancements to beef cattle.
After lunch, Dr. Tom Hairgrove, AgriLife Extension program coordinator for livestock and food animal systems in College Station, will provide a post-mortem investigation of cattlemen’s management practices and diseases.
Industry sponsors also will have their products on display during the event.