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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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

A cattle industry recovering from the drought will be the focus of the annual Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference on Jan. 15 in Lawton, Okla.   The conference a joint effort between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

This annual conference provides cow-calf producers the most up-to-date information on topics that influence cattle profits, said Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon, Texas.

The slogan of the conference is “driving your cattle to profits,” although Bevers said the last couple of years have made it tough to generate any profit.

The conference, which alternates between Texas and Oklahoma each year, will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Comanche County Coliseum, 920 South Sheridan, in Lawton. Registration is $25 per person and includes educational materials, a noon meal and refreshments.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Garrett King, agricultural liaison for U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas from Oklahoma. Lucas is the current House Agriculture Committee Chairman. King will provide a farm bill and congressional update from Lucas’ office.

Improvement in the moisture situation has created some optimism with ranchers, Bevers said. But before any restocking of cattle takes place, the condition of their pastures should be assessed.

Two speakers will address pasture conditions and recovery, he said. Jack LeClair, DuPont Crop Protection range and pasture specialist, Saint Jo, Texas, will cover drought recovery and invasive weeds, while Dr. Bob Gillen, Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers department head at Hays, Kan., will cover the impact of drought on the Southern Plains grassland.

Traits and tools for retention and replacement of beef females will be discussed by Dr. Megan Rolf, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension beef cattle management specialist, Stillwater, Okla. Dr. Dan Hale, AgriLife Extension meat specialist, College Station, Texas, will give participants a virtual packing plant tour to close out the meeting.

Industry sponsors also will have their products on display during the event. More information on the event is available at your local Extension office or go to


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