GALENA, Mo. — The annual Taney County Livestock and Forage Conference begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Forsyth High School Cafeteria (Panther Pit) in Forsyth.  This popular University of Missouri Extension program is attended by livestock producers in order to learn the latest information to manage their farms better and improve farm income.
A free beef pot roast supper is planned thanks to local sponsors: Branson Bank, First Community Bank and Peoples Bank of the Ozarks. However, to reserve a meal, pre-registration is required by calling the Taney County Extension Center at 417-546-4431 by Feb. 24.
“This long-running conference continues to equip livestock producers to better manage their operations and provide quality beef products for consumers,” said Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist based in Galena. “The program will focus on a variety of topics useful for all livestock producers.”
A planning committee from the community organized a discussion on timely management concerns for cattlemen.  Dr. Jared Decker, state extension beef specialist from University of Missouri Extension, will lead a discussion on how to make good beef cattle selection decisions when producers are trying to build back their herds.
Also scheduled is a presentation by Stacy Hambelton, MU Extension agriculture business specialist from Gainesville, on how to figure the cost of retaining heifers for the beef herd.
Schnakenberg’s presentation will focus on how to deal with some developing weed problems in Taney County pastures.
For 100 years, MU Extension has engaged Missourians in relevant programs based on University of Missouri research. The year 2014 marks the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, a national network whose purpose is to extend university-based knowledge beyond the campus.
University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything. More information on this topic is available online at
Contact: Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist
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