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Regional Stocker Cattle Conference - March 5th

Livestock Update, February 2004

Monterey - A Regional Stocker Cattle Conference will be held on Friday, March 5, 2004 at the Holiday Inn in Staunton. Dr. Wayne Purcell and Dr. Dee Whittier will be the lead specialist providing information on the economics and health concerns of stocker operations. The program is sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension with financial assistance from First Bank and Trust Company, Farm Credit and grant money from USDA Risk Management.

The program will begin with registration and Coffee/Danish at 9:15 a.m. At 9:45 a.m., Risks and/or Opportunities for Stocker Cattle Operators will the subject matter for Dr. Wayne Purcell to address in his market analysis of a post BSE cattle market. Dr Purcell is a professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech and is well know for his weekly market analysis in the livestock sector. Dr. Wm. Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will look at Health Risk Issues of Stocker Cattle. Dr. Whittier will update us on Micoplasma and review protocols of treatments. New vaccines, antibiotics and metaphylaxis treatments will be discussed.

Following a partially sponsored buffet lunch, participants will learn about receiving rations and nutritional issues prior to grazing presented by Troy Lawson, Animal Science Agent. The Forage Agent, Jon Repair, will discuss grazing issues and systems to use with stocker cattle. Extension Animal Science Agent, Rodney Leech will review management and late supplemental feeding options and Tom Stanley, Farm Business Management Agent, will review the feasibility of these options. The conference should conclude around 3:00 p.m.

The Staunton Holiday Inn is located off Interstate 81, exit 225 and traveling west on Rt. 275 about 1/2 mile to the first service road on the right. There is a $12 per participant fee which covers handout material, lunch and breaks. Please register by Friday, February 27th by sending your check payable to: VCE Augusta, P.O. Box 590, Verona, VA 24482-0590 or by calling your local Extension Office. If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodations to participate in this Extension activity, please contact the VCE Highland Unit Office by February 27, 2004 at 540/468-2225, during business hours to discuss accommodations.

Bath Co. Office - P.O. Box 357, Warm Springs, VA 24484-0357, 540/839-7261, FAX: 540/839-5893; Highland Co. Office - P.O. Box 528, Monterey, VA 24465-0528, 540/468-2225, FAX: 540/468-2789

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