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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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Re-focusing after the drought will be the focus of the Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference, a joint effort between Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, to be held Tuesday, July 31 in Wichita Falls.

This annual conference provides wheat producers and stocker cattle operators the most up-to-date information on topics that influence their operations profits, said Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon.

The slogan of the annual conference is “driving your operation to profits,” however Bevers said the target for this year’s conference will be re-focusing on production and profitability after last year’s drought.

“Many production areas have received adequate rainfall, but the drought has left some lasting impressions including fewer calves for grazing,” Bevers said. “Coming out of last year’s drought will require a new level of understanding and pencil pushing.”

The conference, which alternates between Texas and Oklahoma each year, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MPEC Center, 1000 5th St. in Wichita Falls.

Registration is $25 per person and includes educational materials, a copy of the Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference proceedings, a noon meal and refreshments. Additional information can be obtained at http://agrisk.tamu.edu .

Several key speakers will present valuable information. These include Dr. Larry Sanders, professor and Extension economist, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, discussing the general economic outlook for agriculture; Paul Coleman, chief operations officer and partner, Fontera Feedyard, Muleshoe, discussing the current challenges in the feedlot industry; and Dr. J.P. Pollreisz, veterinarian for Pfizer, Inc., discussing challenges for maintaining the health and productivity of stocker cattle.

Additional speakers include faculty from both Oklahoma and Texas. Other topics to be discussed include current research on stocker cattle processing, the cattle and wheat market outlook and a wheat production update. Industry sponsors also will have their products on display during the event.

Be sure and get your registration in early so you can sample the new Las Vegas Strip steak for lunch! Restaurateur Eric Goolsby and his crew at the Hwy Café will be working with Nathan Stambaugh from CreekStone Beef in presenting Texoma’s first taste of the new steak cut from the chuck and developed by researchers in Oklahoma.

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