Missouri’s Commercial Agriculture Stocker/Backgrounder Institute is set for Feb. 19 at the Harrisonville Community Center in Harrisonville, MO.

Offering a variety of topics of interest to both new and experienced stocker/backgrounder operators, among the topics are: opportunities for stocker/backgrounding operations in Missouri; keys to receiving cattle nutritional programs; pathogen dynamics and biocontainment in stocker cattle; and treating respiratory disease and monitoring success. In addition, Tom Gallery of the Gallery Ranch in Dewey OK – winner of BEEF magazine’s 2007 National Stocker Award’s backgrounding/drylot division – will discuss the Gallery Ranch operation with an emphasis on how alliance formation and data management has played a role in their success.

Registration ($60 onsite, $50 before) begins at 9:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 10 a.m. For more info, visit muconf.missouri.edu/stockerinstitute or contact Christine Pickett at 573 882-4349.