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August 28, 2012

5-State Beef Conference set Sept. 4

Woodward, Okla. —

Beef cattle experts from near and far will be converging on Woodward next Tuesday to talk about their livestock.

These experts are slated to speak during the 5-State Beef Conference, which will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the High Plains Technology Center.  The conference is free to attend and will include an evening meal.

The conference is designed to assist producers in Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.

Dana Bay, an agent with the Woodward County OSU Extension, said the event is held to convey the latest information about what's happening in the beef industry and address current hot topics in the beef business.

The conference will include a number of informative sessions, with topics ranging from feed resources to livestock economics.

The following is a list of the conference sessions and the persons leading them.

- Evaluating alternative and nonconventional feed sources - Justin Waggoner, beef systems specialist, Kansas State University

- Evaluation of feeding systems for maintaining cattle - John Wagner, professor of feedlot nutrition management, Colorado State University

- Traits and tools for retention and replacements of females - Megan Rolf, beef cattle genetics extension specialist, Oklahoma State University

- Managing range resources during, and when recovering from, drought - Nick Ashcroft, extension range management specialist, New Mexico State University

- Trends and changes impacting livestock economics - Rodney Jones, area agricultural economist, Oklahoma State University

Following these sessions, a dinner will be provided courtesy of Jerry Nine and Woodward Livestock Auction, Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma and the Northwest Oklahoma Cattleman's Foundation, Bay said.

Those wishing to attend the conference need to reserve their spot by noon this Friday to get an accurate count for the meal.

To confirm your place or get more information about the beef conference, call Bay at the Extension Office at (580) 254-3391, or e-mail

Bay added that the Extension offices in Ellis  County (580) 885-7775, or Harper County (580) 735-2252, may also be contacted to make a reservation.

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