The Woodward News

November 9, 2012

Cameron University holding annual beef conference

Gary Engel
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — LAWTON - Cameron University will hold its 25th annual Beef Cattle Improvement Conference, starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 15.

This year's free event will examine management strategies to recover from the recent droughts, said Dr. Leon Fischer, chair of Cameron's Department of Agriculture.

"We have these conferences to encourage cattle growers' support for CU Agriculture, and to provide timely information," Fischer said.

Some past events have covered treating cattle illnesses, reproduction topics and improving forage output, he said.

The session will be conducted in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex on the Cameron campus. Fischer the conference lasts about 2 hours. No reservations are required.

"Challenges faced by cattle producers - costs to get quality hay, the need to haul water as ponds dry out, and the effects of severe drought conditions on herd health - are ultimately felt by consumers," he said. "Our speakers will address these issues."

Fischer said presentations will be made by:

- Gary McManus, associate state climatologist of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey and the Mesonet.

- Dr. Samuel D. Fuhlendorf,  distinguished professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University.

- And, Dr. Megan Rolf, assistant professor of animal science, also from Oklahoma State.

Fischer said the subjects they will address include the evolution and persistence of the 2010 to 2012 drought in Oklahoma, and effects, from McManus. Fuhlendorf will cover management of rangelands and forage crops during and after a severe drought; and Rolf's presentation is on the management of genetic potential in replacement heifers - fitting genetics to the environment.

Also during the evening, visitors can look over displays by the event sponsors. They will include exhibits from farmer's cooperatives, feed dealers, credit organizations, grain elevators and sale barns, to name some.

Additionally, there's still time to register a display, Fischer said. There's no formal deadline to do so, but he said it should be done as soon as possible.

Call Fischer to reserve display space and get more information about the conference at (580) 581-2275.