The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hemphill County will host the 2015 Beef Conference and Ag Tour, which organizers hope will become an annual event, on April 28-29.
“We wanted to create an event to assist cow/calf and beef producers with educational information that could add value to their calf crops,” said Andy Holloway, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Hemphill County.
The two-day event will be at the Hemphill County Exhibition Center, 10865 Exhibition Center Road in Canadian. Both days of the conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, coffee and donuts. The April 28 session will end at 3:30 p.m. and the second day at 6:30 p.m.
The fee is $100 and includes three meals. RSVP is requested by April 24 to the AgriLife Extension office for Hemphill County at 806-323-9114 or on the website at http://hemphill.agrilife.org/agnatural-resources/. Those needing hotel arrangements should also contact the office.
Two general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered.
Speakers and their topics on April 28 include:
– Dr. Tim Steffens, AgriLife Extension range specialist in Canyon: “Show Me the Money! Where is the Profit in a Range Beef Cattle Operation?,” “Managing for What You Want; Not Against What You Don’t Want,” and “Asking the Right Questions is a Lot Harder than Getting the Right Answers.”
– Minnie Lou Bradley, Bradley 3 Ranch in Memphis: “The Right Size Cow for Today’s Beef Industry and How Do You Produce Her?”
– J.D. Russell, manager of the Spring Creek Matador Ranch, Eureka, Kansas: “The Right Beef Cow to Meet the Demand for Today’s Consumer.”
The tour on April 29 will include the following stops and presentations:
– Canadian Feedyard, and a presentation by Luke Thrasher, “Current State of the Cattle Feeding Industry and What the Future Holds.”
– The Cattle Exchange with a taste test panel and presentation by Milton Cooke, “The Wave of the Future in the Restaurant Industry Regarding Prime Beef.”
– Abraham Equine Inc. and Wildlife Reflections LLC, with Jason Abraham speaking on “The Power of Cloning: Its Future to the Beef and Wildlife Industry.”
– Gageby Valley Ranch, which has an Angus and Half-blood Akaushi breeding program, with Bubba Bain, American Akaushi Association, speaking on “The Possibilities for Prime Beef Today.”
– Indian Mound Hereford Ranch, owner Lee Haygood, speaking on “EPD’s and Their Impact on Today’s Beef Industry and What’s Next.”
A conclusion dinner will be at Indian Mound Hereford Ranch, sponsored by Panhandle Plains Federal Land Bank. Other meal sponsors include Capital Farm Credit and Cookya, Inc.
Click here to view the brochure and schedule.