Monett Beef Cattlemen's Conference Is Feb. 8

   The 49th annual Monett Beef Cattlemen’s Conference begins at 4 p.m., Feb. 8 at the Monett National Guard Armory, Monett.
   Leading off the program is Dr. Scott Brown, livestock marketing specialist with University of Missouri Extension, and his discussion of the beef cattle outlook. Brown has become a favorite of the planning committee and returns for the fifth consecutive year.
   The second speaker is University of Missouri Extension Climatology Specialist Pat Guinan. He will explain weather patterns and how they impact southwest Missouri in his presentation, “Missouri Weather Trends and Outlook.”
   Mike Deering, Executive Vice-President of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association in Columbia, will provide a review of the MCA actions and hot topics coming out of Jefferson City.
   Supper will be chili blended together from 20 or more Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s favorite recipes. During the break, visitors will have a chance to register for door prizes offered by the trade show exhibitors.
   Presentations begin again at 6:45 with Dr. Sara Place, Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Denver. Her topic is, “Beef Sustainability – What Does That Really Mean?”
   Wrapping up the conference is Jackie Moore, owner of the Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage. Moore will explain what he sees as an auctioneer and market owner that large or small cow-calf producers need to do to be competitive when they are marketing their cattle.
   The conference is jointly sponsored by the Monett Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association, University of Missouri Extension and the trade show exhibitors. A $5 registration fee is payable at the door.
   For program details, contact the University of Missouri Extension Center, Mt. Vernon at (417) 466-3102. A dairy program will be offered the same day at the same location beginning at 10 a.m. For details on the dairy event call (417) 847-3161. ∆
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