An exciting agenda has been set for the 2015 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference. The meeting will take place at the Ouachita Livestock Auction in Ola, Arkansas, on February 11, with registration at the door beginning at 8:30 a.m. This year’s conference, which is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, will cover many interesting topics that are pertinent to your beef cattle operation. Speakers and topics for the program include:

  • Jeremy Powell, professor of animal science for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, will discuss calf health – from birth to weaning.
  • Mark Wedel, owner of Ouachita Livestock Auction, will speak about the beef cattle market and what cattle buyers are looking for.
  • Chris Burris, manager of Ward Feedyard, will discuss what type of cattle works best in the feedyard.

Registration for the program is $20 at the door. Lunch will be provided at noon, and the program will conclude around 1 p.m. For more information, contact your county Extension office or visit or