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Market outlook, cattle health top agenda at March 17 Little Red River cattle conference

By the U of A System Division of Agriculture
Jan. 29, 2016

Fast Facts

  • Little Red River Beef Cattle conference set for March 17 at Damascus
  • $20 per person for the event
  • Pre-event registration not needed
  • For info contact Phalon Montgomery at 501-671-2177 

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DAMASCUS, Ark. – Market outlook, fly control, reproductive technologies and preventing common cattle diseases will be the focus of the 2016 Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference on March 17 at the Pruitt’s Mid-State Stockyards in Damascus.

 “There is no question about it; volatility in the selling price of cattle is a major concern of cattle producers,” said Mike Looper, head of Animal Science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “This is true for not only the selling price of calves but also for cull cows as well. When you consider the increase in cost of production, there’s a direct effect on the bottom line.” 

“The 2016 Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference will take a look into the market situation, supply, demand, exports, imports and the impact on selling price,” he said. 

Among the questions the conference will help answer:

  • How do you build a successful fly control program?
  • How can a cattle producer use the recent developments in reproductive technologies to improve the genetics in their herd?
  • How can you prevent some of the most common beef cattle diseases? 

“Cattle prices were at historic highs but those prices took a downswing in 2015,” Looper said. “This conference will give every producer some excellent ideas on how they can improve cattle genetics, and management to remain profitable into the years to come.” 

The Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference is a joint educational effort by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.  

The conference speakers are:

  • Dr. Ross Pruitt, University of Tennessee at Martin Economics - “So Where does the market go from here?”
  • Dr. Kelly Loftin, extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture -  “How to build a successful fly control program”
  • Dr. Rick Rorie, professor-Animal Science, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture - “Reproductive technologies to improve our herd”
  • Dr. Heidi Ward, extension veterinarian, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture - “Common cattle diseases and how to prevent them” 

A registration fee of $20 will be collected at the door. Registration and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 12:15 pm. For more information about the event, contact Phalon Montgomery at 501-671-2177. 

For more information about cattle production, visit www.uaex.edu or contact your county extension office. Please note that any bookmarked pages or publications at www.uaex.edu will be changing in the next few months.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your county extension office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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