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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Producers are encouraged to attend the Cattle Trails Stocker Conference on July 24 at the MPEC Center in Wichita Falls. This conference is a joint effort between Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

The vision of the conference planners is to create an annual conference that will provide wheat producers and/or stocker cattle operators the most up-to-date information on topics that influence wheat and stocker cattle profits, said. In effect, the conference will assist those producers in driving their cattle to profits.  

The conference takes its name from the vast area of agricultural production between the Chisholm Trail and the Great Western cattle trails of the late 1800’s, both of which started in south central Texas and moved up through central and western Oklahoma.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Mike Bumgarner, vice-president for the Center for Food and Animal Issues, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. The Center was created in May 2009 to engage farmers, ranchers, consumers and others who have connections to animals in a public dialog over the proper role of animals in society.

Taking a pro-active approach, Ohio voters passed a constitutional amendment in November 2009 creating the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. The Ohio Farm Bureau played a large role in getting that constitutional amendment on the ballot, he said.

If Texas producers don’t take a pro-active approach in creating legislation on safe handling and caring of livestock, someone with other intentions may do it for us, as in the cases in California, Arizona and Florida.

Additional speakers include faculty from both Oklahoma and Texas. Important topics of marketing and outlook, animal health, wheat pasture research and wheat production will be covered.

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and end at 4:30 p.m.  Registration is $20 per person and includes educational materials, a copy of the Cattle Trails Stocker Conference Proceedings, refreshments and a noon meal for those who have pre-registered.

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