Four States Cattle Conference set Dec. 14 in Texarkana

TEXARKANA — The fifth annual Four States Cattle Conference will provide relevant information about how cattle producers can improve operational profitability amid a challenging market, coordinators said.   

Cattle producers can hear from nationally recognized experts who will cover topics that could help guide operational decisions going into 2018 during the Four State Cattle Conference Dec. 14 in Texarkana. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension photo by Adam Russell)

The conference will be Dec. 14 at the Texas A&M University of Texarkana University Center Building, 7101 University Ave. in Texarkana. 

Cost is $70 per couple, $45 per individual and $15 for 4-H and FFA students. Contact Amy Simpson at 870-246-2281 or by email at asimpson@uaex.edu for more information.

The event begins with registration at 8 a.m. followed by speakers at 8:30 a.m.

A catered lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided. The conference also features a large trade show that will give producers access to pharmaceutical and feed representatives as well as various agriculture-related vendors.

The featured speakers include:

 Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service  forage specialist, Overton – Utilizing Legumes in Pastures.

 Dr. Barry Whitworth, Oklahoma State University Extension Service food animal quality and health specialist – Common Cowherd Health Problems.

 Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Service livestock market economist – Cattle Market Outlook.

– Dr. J.J. Jones, Oklahoma State University Extension Service agricultural economist – Protecting Revenue in Today’s Cattle Market.

A panel discussion featuring cattle producers from multiple states will follow the speakers.

Dr. Ryon Walker, Noble Research Institute livestock consultant, will moderate the discussion during which participants will share real-world success stories on genetic management and other production strategies that improved their operations.

Finally, Dr. Brian Triplett, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent, Red River County, will wrap up the event and ask for evaluation input.

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