O-K Cattle Conference
Oct. 25-26, Kansas and Oklahoma
The O-K Cattle Conference, sponsored by Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University, will take place from 3-8 p.m. at both sites. The Kansas meeting is scheduled for Oct. 25 in El Dorado at the Butler County Extension office. The Oklahoma meeting is Oct. 26 at the Craig County Extension office in Cowboy Junction, near Vinita. The conference will include information to help small- or large-scale cow-calf producers make key management decisions.
The schedule is the same for both days, so plan to attend only one meeting. The cost is $12, which includes dinner. For more information visit www.oznet.ksu.edu/ansi/currentevents.html or contact Twig Marston (in Kansas) at (785) 532-5428 or email@example.com; or Roy Ball (in Oklahoma) at (918) 256-7569.
Kentucky Grazing Conference
Oct. 26, Bowling Green
The annual conference will take place at the Western Kentucky University Expo Center in Bowling Green. Animal science and grazing experts from Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama will discuss strategies for grazing systems, legumes, tall fescue research, pasture fertilization, fencing and watering, stocking decisions, and stored feed requirements. The Kentucky Forage and Grasslands Councils forage spokesman contest will also take place during the afternoon, with the winner representing the state at American Forage and Grasslands Council meetings in 2005. Certified crop advisor credits and other educational exhibits will be available to participants.
Registration is $15, which includes proceedings, lunch and refreshments. Students may register for $5. Visit www.uky.edu/ag/forage or contact a local Extension office for more information.
Ruminant Nutrition Workshop
Oct. 27, Bardstown, Ky.
The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is offering a nutrition workshop to provide up-to-date ruminant nutrition information to veterinarians, consultants, feedmill and sales personnel, county Extension agents, and livestock producers. This years event will be from 8:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Nelson County Civic Center Extension Office in Bardstown.
Topics will include ruminant diseases, using forage analysis to balance ruminant diets, vaccine effectiveness and mineral nutrition, and the pros and cons of feeding wet byproducts.
The early registration deadline has passed. Participants who still wish to register should send a check for $50 made out to Kentucky Ruminant Nutrition Workshop/PDCA to Donna Amaral-Phillips, 414 W.P. Garrigus Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0215.
For more information contact Amaral-Phillips at (859) 257-7542.
Organic livestock program
Oct. 29, Wooster, Ohio
A satellite broadcast on organic livestock production will take place from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, in room 130 of the Research Services Building at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster. The program, titled "Organic Livestock: Principles, Practices and Prospects," will be geared toward farmers, suppliers, consultants, veterinarians, Extension educators and agricultural professionals to cover the basics of organic livestock production and its opportunities. The broadcast will feature a five-member panel or organic practitioners, and viewers will be able to ask questions during the show.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. Contact (330) 202-3528 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat. For more information visit www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/offer.
Farmer Cooperatives Conference
Nov. 1-2, Kansas City, Mo.
The seventh annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference, organized by the University of Wisconsins Center for Cooperatives with sponsorship from Farm Foundation, will be at the Fairmont Hotel in Kansas City. Themed "Cooperative Innovation," the event will feature case studies and open discussions on topics such as joint ventures, capitalization, cooperative development and partnerships.
Registration information is available at www.wisc.edu/uwcc/farmercoops04. For more information contact Steve Halbrook at (630) 571-9393 or Kim Zeuli at (608) 263-3981.
Animal ID conference
Nov. 3-5, Kansas
The Kansas Animal Health Department (KAHD) will conduct a series of four regional meetings throughout the state Nov. 3-5 to provide livestock producers with the latest information regarding the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and Premises Registration. A brief overview of the NAIS and a brief discussion on premises guidelines will be presented. On Nov. 3, meetings will be conducted from 1-3 p.m. at the Trego County Fairgrounds in Wakeeney, and from 7-9 p.m. at the Communications Center in Dodge City. On Nov. 4, meetings will be conducted from 1-3 p.m. at the Kansas State University Southeast Agricultural Research Center near Parsons. On Nov. 5, meetings will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the community center in Rossville.
For more information call (785) 296-2326.
Beef Producers Seminar
Nov. 4, Maryville, Mo
The University of Missouri (MU) Extension will present the 2004 Beef Producers Seminar from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Nodaway County Community/Fair Building in Maryville. Seminar topics include animal identification (ID), expected progeny difference (EPD) basics, future outlooks and more. Registration is $10 and includes dinner. For more information contact the Andrew County Extension at (816) 324-3147.
Nov. 4, Stillwater, Okla.
The Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) will host the second annual "Real World" Marketing Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 201 of the FAPC at OSU. The event will feature industry speakers discussing advertising and brand promotion, retail manufacturers and wholesalers and more. A panel discussion will be included.
Registration is $95 and includes lunch, refreshments and workshop materials. Registration deadline is Oct. 25. To register contact Lindsay Allen at (405) 744-6071 or email@example.com or complete the online form at www.fapc.okstate.edu.
Nov. 6, Minneapolis, Kan.
The forage tour is designed to help producers use forages to stretch the grazing season. The tour, which will include discussions and demonstrations on triticale, turnips, canola, Italian ryegrass, Max Q fescue, cowpeas and more, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Don Koster farm south of Minneapolis. The Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops (KCSAAC), the Central Kansas Extension District 3 and the Kansas Graziers Association will sponsor the tour.
Registration is $10 and is payable at the event. To be guaranteed a lunch, however, participants should contact Mary Howell by Nov. 4 at (785) 363-7306.
Missouri Forage and Grassland Conference
Nov. 8-9, Lake Ozark
The annual conference will take place at the Holiday Inn in Lake Ozark and will feature several beef topics, including factors affecting profitability in cow-calf operations, pasture irrigation, forage developments, wildlife and more. New forage varieties and technologies such as Roundup Ready® alfalfa, novel endophyte fescue and new Bermudagrass varieties will be discussed. An awards banquet will honor graziers on Nov. 8, and the conference will feature a trade show.
Registration is $85 for individuals and $130 for couples, or $65 or $110, respectively, for Missouri Forage and Grassland Council members. Contact Joetta Roberts at (573) 499-0886 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information. A block of rooms, at $58 plus tax per room, has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Sunspree. Call 1-800-532-3575 for reservations.
Angus Foundation Reception
Nov. 13, Louisville, Ky.
The Angus Foundation will host its second annual Angus Foundation Reception, themed "Building Upon the Vision," from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Executive West hotel in Louisville.
The reception will take place in conjunction with Angus events surrounding the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). Anyone making a contribution of $250 to the not-for-profit organization during the last three years will receive an invitation to the event, which will feature an auction of registration No. 15,000,000. Individuals can still secure their invitations by making a minimal gift of $250 to the Angus Foundation prior to the reception.
For more information contact Milford Jenkins, Foundation director of development, at (816) 383-5100.
American Angus Association Annual Meeting, events
Nov. 13-16, Louisville, Ky.
American Angus Association members and Angus enthusiasts will meet Nov. 13-16 for Angus events surrounding the NAILE in Louisville. Registration will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday; and from 7-10 a.m., Monday, all at the Executive West hotel in Louisville. Delegates and Angus guests can pick up their name badges, show passes and banquet tickets at the registration desk. The Auxiliary will have its annual breakfast beginning at 9 a.m., Sunday, and a breeders informational forum will take place at 1 p.m. in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC). An open meeting for Association Board candidates and delegates will follow. On Monday, the 121st Annual Meeting of Delegates will begin at 2 p.m. in the KFEC.
For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.angus.org or call (816) 383-5100. Angus Productions Inc. (API) will provide online coverage of the event at www.angusjournal.com/louisville.
Grazing management symposium
Nov. 15-16, Paso Robles, Calif.
A grazing management symposium themed "Strategies for Sustainability" will include educational workshops, a panel discussion and a tour of two working ranches. Presentation topics include riparian area management, economic forecasts for western rangelands and central coast rangeland management.
For more information visit www.carcd.org/ag_symposium.htm or call (916) 457-7904.