Thursday, January 9, 2014

Eleventh Annual Mid-Missouri Grazing Conference

The 11th Annual Mid-Missouri Grazing Conference will be held Thursday, January 30th in Jefferson City, MO at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.  The hotel is just east of Highway 54/63.  It is right on Highway 50/63 on the NE corner of Highway 50 and Missouri Blvd.

This year’s program features twelve breakout sessions with timely information for grazers and forage producers.  The trade show will feature vendors whose products have revolutionized grazing management.  The afternoon Keynote Session features a country music legend plus a producer panel of three Missouri livestock operators.

Keynote speakers
Teddy Gentry of the legendary country music band Alabama and owner of Bent Tree Farms
“My Experiences in the Beef Cattle Industry: Grazing Systems, Breeding Systems and Composite Breed Development”

Bent Tree Farms, located near Fort Payne, AL is home to the South Poll composite breed of cattle developed from Red Angus, Hereford, Senepol and Barzona genetics.  These cattle are bred for the high heat and humidity of the Southeastern United States.  Fertility, longevity, and carcass quality are characteristics that are being emphasized in these cattle.   Teddy Gentry will share his insights into breeding cattle to fit the environmental conditions of the Southeastern U.S. along with how grazing management has benefitted his beef cattle operation.
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South Poll Cattle.

Central Missouri Producer Panel
Topic:  Selection and Management of Beef Replacement Females in a Forage-Based System

Producers: Dr. Dave Davis, Dennis McDonald, and Greg Marlay will share how they select and manage replacement females for their respective ranches.

8 – 9 a.m. Registration begins and trade show opens

      Early registration fee: $50 per individual, $85 per couple or $25 per student
      Registration at the door: $85 per individual, $120 per couple or $35 per student

9 – 9:50 a.m. — Breakout session 1

       1a) Mark Kennedy – Grazing Basics, Fence and Water Systems

       1b) Dr. Pamela Fry – Neonatal Care

       1c) Dr. Pat Keyser – Establishing Native Grasses

       1d) Rich Hoormann – Grazing Cover Crops

9:50 – 10:10 a.m. Break and vendors

10:10 – 11 a.m. — Breakout session 2

        2a) Dr. Verne Pierce – Estate Planning

        2b) Chris Boeckmann – Grass Fed Beef

        2c) Dr. Charlotte Clifford-Rathert – Brush Control with Small Ruminants

        2d) Melinda Barch and Drew Parmley – Cost-Share Opportunities

11 – 11:20 a.m. – Break and vendors

11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. – Breakout session 3

        3a) Mark Kennedy – Grazing Basics Question and Answer

        3b) Kent Shannon – Agriculture / Livestock Apps

        3c) Dr. Pat Keyser – Managing Native Grasses

        3d) Rich Hoormann – Grazing Cover Crops

12:10 – 12:30 p.m. – Break and vendors

12:30 p.m. – Lunch

1 – 2 p.m. – Keynote speaker 

     Teddy Gentry – “My Experiences in the Beef Cattle Industry: Grazing Systems, Breeding Systems, and Composite Breed Development”

2 – 3 p.m. – Keynote speaker

    Producer Panel – “Selection and Management of Beef Replacement Females in Forage-Based Systems”

3:15 p.m.  Wrap-up and conference ends

For additional information contact:

Gene Schmitz, MU Extension Livestock Specialist, Benton County Extension Center, 660-438-5012,

Seth Barrioz, MDC Private Land Conservationist, Linn, Missouri, 573-897-3797
Ed Gillmore,  NRCS Soil Conservationist, Cole County Soil and Water Conservation District, (573) 893-5188


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