Plan now to attend the 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 theme 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, 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, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Registration is $95. For more info, contact Jim Neel at 865-974-7294 (; or John Bartee, 931-648-5725 (