Stocker and backgrounder operators have a host of opportunities at the University of Missouri Stocker/backgrounder Conference scheduled Feb. 19 in Harrisonville, MO.

Tom Gallery of the Gallery Ranch in Dewey, OK – one of last year’s National Stocker Award winners – will discuss alliance-information and real-time data management.

Shaun Sweiger, a veterinary consultant from Edmund, OK, will discuss treatment protocols for BRD and using data to monitor the effectiveness of treatments.

Other topics include: Making money with calves without losing your shirt, nutritional management for cattle during the receiving phase, disease dynamics and how to reduce disease challenges.

“Missouri is an ideal location for stocker and backgrounding operations because we have an abundance of pastureland and easy access to the Midwest Corn Belt and the Great Plains’ cattle-feeding belt,” says Craig Payne, beef veterinarian with the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture Program.

Cost for the one-day conference is $50. For more info, contact Payne at 573-882-8236 or To register, contact Christine Pickett at 573-882-4349 or