Plan now to attend the annual Mid-South Stocker Conference, Feb. 24-25 at Lake Barkely State Resort Park in Cadiz, KY. It promises to be one of the stoutest lineups of presentations and speakers ever offered at the conference; and that’s saying something.

Here’s some of what you can expect at the conference this year, all under the umbrella of “Stocker Solutions for Challenging Times.”

Tours – Feb. 24

  • Scott Jolly Farm – large feeder with integrated operation; feeds wet distillers grains.

  • Fox Creek Cattle Co/Sorrell Farms – buys about 60,000 head/year; runs 4,000-5,000 stockers/year.
  • King Livestock and King Livestock Express – order buyer specializing in “farm-fresh” and CPH type cattle.
  • Tim Cato Farm – smaller stocker operator with about 300 head on feed; feeds modified distillers in fence-line bunks
Presentations – Feb. 25
  • Value of veterinary services in stocker operations, Dee Griffin, DVM, Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center.
  • Survival and sustainability of stocker operations, Walt Prevatt, Auburn University.
  • Marketing outlook, Mike Murphy, Cattle-Fax.
  • Producer panel – Leamon Bratton (TN) and Dick Ryan (WI).
  • Implications of lower phosphorus in fertilizers and minerals, Jeff Lehmkuhler, University of Kentucky.
  • COOL implications for stocker operators, Nate Jaeger, NCBA.
Registration is $95. For more info or to register, contact Jim Neel at 865-974-7294 (jneel@utk.edu); or John Bartee at 931-648-5725 (jbartee1@utk.edu).