Jan. 25 is the date, and the Chisholm Trail Pavilion at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid, OK, is the setting for the Stocker Receiving Management Conference. Sponsored by Oklahoma State University (OSU), USDA and state and local agencies, it includes sessions on stocker health, stocker research updates, low-stress cattle handling, and weaning calf management.

Among topics in the stocker health section are: treating respiratory disease, vaccination needs and priorities, cost-effective health dollars, sick calf identification and treatment, receiving management priorities, treatment of joint problems on wheat pasture stocker calves, bovine viral diarrhea virus testing, and trucking's impact on stockers. Presenters are Kansas State University DVMs Dan Thomson, Mike Apley and David Anderson.

OSU beef specialist David Lalman will present the stocker research update; Tom Noffsinger, Benkelman, NE, DVM will discuss low-stress handling techniques for stocker operators.

The weaning calf management session by OSU's D.L. Step, DVM, and nutritionist Clint Krehbiel will cover health implications, nutrition and management, and performance and treatment comparisons.

Registration is $25, which includes lunch. For more info, contact Greg Highfill at 580-237-7677 or Greg.Highfill@okstate.edu.
-- Joe Roybal