Helping cattle producers make more money is the focus of the 2016 Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention in Torrington.
The conference is 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the Rendezvous Center at the Goshen County Fairgrounds.
There are more than nine sessions. A detailed schedule and ticket information are at http://bit.ly/2016beefconvo. Tickets are available until Nov. 18 and include attendance to the sessions, tradeshow and lunch. Tickets are $20 for beef producers and $10 for students.
“Extension wants this opportunity to touch on current daily issues brought to our office and dealt with by beef producers,” said Caleb Carter, University of Wyoming Extension educator in Goshen County and convention coordinator.
Workshop highlights start with the State Veterinarian’s Office discussing the changes of the Veterinary Feed Directive in January.
Extension educator Dallas Mount offers strategies for new production practices during low periods of the cattle market, and Jim Rob from Denver’s Livestock Marketing Information Center will give a market outlook to end the sessions.
A presentation by Carter and extension ranch management specialist John Hewlett, “How Well are You Mentoring the Next Generation to Take Over the Farm/Ranch?” intends to open discussion on the future of farm and ranch management.
“A big concern in Wyoming agriculture is effectively including the younger generation in farming and ranching,” Carter said. “We need to decide how to bring in the next generation and use this type of venue to get people thinking and actively talking.”
An interactive discussion panel is a new addition this year. “Weather Resources to Keep You Ahead of Mother Nature” evaluates Wyoming climate and includes representatives from the National Weather Service, USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub, State Climate Office and the Regional Drought Information Systems coordinator.
“The panel is looking at weather and climate resources in Wyoming, resources available for producers and receiving producers’ input into making more effective models,” Carter said.
Goshen County Extension and the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center are presenting the convention.
Source: University of Wyoming Extension