Dr. Garry Lacefield to be featured speaker at Missouri Livestock Symposium 2022

Livestock owners will learn best management practices to control feed costs at 23rd annual Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville, MO on Dec. 3, says Garry L. Mathes, president.

Zac Erwin, MU Extension Field Specialist in Livestock and Symposium Vice Chair, said, “This year’s list of forage speakers is a great opportunity to hear not only from academics, but also from producers on how best to manage their fodder and feed. “Input costs on many levels are completely beyond our control. control right now, but how you manage your forage base is entirely up to you,” Erwin added.

Dr Gary Lacefield

Dr. Garry Lacefield, professor emeritus at the University of Kentucky, speaks on Saturday on two different topics: “Forage Quality: What It Is and What Can We Do To Improve It” and “The role and importance of forage legumes”. During his 41 year career at the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Lacefield was a fodder extension specialist who helped fodder and livestock producers make management decisions to improve their fodder production operations. A world-renowned alfalfa and tall fescue researcher, Lacefield is the author of over 300 publications, articles and communications.

Jeremia Markway, Markway Ranch, Eldon, MO, will talk about “year-round grazing”. In addition to their own cattle, the Markway family custom grazes feeders and dry-bred cows, which adds diversity and more flexibility to their operation. Everything is managed by a rotational grazing system with the sheep grazing 365 days a year. Jeremia strives to have a low input system while trying to make a high profit.

Dr. Harley Naumann, University of Missouri, will discuss “Developing Drought-Resistant Forage and Livestock Systems”. Dr. Naumann’s research focuses on understanding the critical physiological components of warm and cold season forages that lead to improved forage-livestock production systems.

Charlie Ellis, MU Extension Field Specialist in Agricultural Engineering, will speak on “Hay Loss Reduction Strategies”. Ellis has been dedicated to helping farmers analyze crop data and ensure plant health and productivity through his position at the University..

Adds Erwin, “Dr. Lacefield hasn’t been here for a few years, but he’s always been a highlight for attendees, and the additional speakers make for a great program for any grower looking to strengthen the forage base of their operation.

The Missouri Livestock Symposium hosts an open agricultural trade show for both days. The Missouri Livestock Symposium meets at Matthew Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove. The hours are from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. December 2 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday December 3.

In addition to the forage sessions, other topics covered are beef cattle, beef sheep/goats, horticulture, herding dogs and farm management. Several tracks go at the same time.

The program is free, without prior registration. The Symposium is offering a free beef dinner, at 6 pm Friday and a free lunch on Saturday. Meals are sponsored by Missouri commodity groups. A volunteer symposium committee organizes the event.

The program is largely free to Platinum sponsors University of Missouri Extension, Sullivan Auctioneers, LLC, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Sheep Merchandising Council, FCS Financial, KTVO Studios, and the Missouri Beef Industry Council.

Additional details and sponsors are available on the Missouri Livestock Symposium website, or ask the Adair County MU Extension Center at 660-665-9866, or Mathes at 660-341-6625.

The symposium draws visitors from all over Missouri and neighboring states.

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