Mid-South Stocker Conference
Registration for the 2019 Mid-South Stocker Conference is now open!
-Contact: Ben Crites 859-287-7512 or Jeff Lehmkuhler 859-257-2853
The 2019 Mid-South Stocker Conference aims to help stocker operators by “Opening Pathways to Profitability” as they produce and market feeder cattle as efficiently as possible. Beef specialists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the University of Tennessee will host the conference March 21 at the Quality Inn in Clarksville, Tennessee. The conference rotates between Kentucky and Tennessee each year.
Sessions will begin at 8 a.m. CDT with speakers set to provide valuable information to assist the region’s stocker and backgrounding operations in finding additional profit margins in their businesses. Participants will also hear an update on the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and take part in sessions about economic evaluations and adding value by reconditioning culled cows.
Participants will have time to view the trade show and visit with vendors in the morning and early afternoon and at lunch to learn about available products and services. Topics for afternoon sessions include virtual tours of local operations, proper dart use and pinkeye.
Participants who register by March 1 will pay $50 for individuals, $90 per couple or $30 for students. On March 2, rates rise to $65 for individual tickets or $110 per couple and $45 for students.
More information here
10 Items You Want in Your Calving Kit
Calving season is upon us. Stock your kit correctly to make the season brighter.
10. An extra set of coveralls and dry boots
Warm and dry is good. Cold and damp makes an unhappy rancher
9. Colostrum replacement
For those calves that didn't get off to the best start
8. An esophageal feeder
Have it with you, have it clean and dry, and know how to use it.
Learn how to use an esophageal feeder with this video
7. Ear tags
What better time to tag than Day 1?
6. Something to write down records on.
A notebook, blank note cards, an app on your phone, a piece of week-old
mail -- whatever it takes to make sure records are kept on each animal
Lots of lube
4. OB Sleeves
Have an abundant supply on hand
3. Calf chains or calf straps
2. Handles to go with your chains and straps
Teamwork makes the dream work. Get all your components together before you head out.
1. A good relationship with your veterinarian, and their phone number
Tough calving situation? If you call your veterinarian late on Friday during their kid's basketball game, studies suggest he or she will be more
Source: Beef Cattle Institute, Kansas State University