For the past 35 years, the Panhandle Ag Extension Team has offered a cattle rancher educational program that included a trade show of business and organizations that serve the cattle industry in the tri-state area (NW FL, SE AL, & SW GA) in Marianna, Florida. Due to COVID19, a traditional in-person cattle producer meeting for 200 people is not feasible. For 2021, the planning team will host a two-hour webinar with two invited speakers, brief updates from cattle and forage researchers, and a question and answer period at the end.
2020 hit cattle producers really hard in the Tri-state region. COVID19 disrupted markets all across America, as beef supplies shifted from food service customers to retail grocers, and meat plant production was disrupted backing up the supply chain. Tropical storms, and hurricanes, also flooded pastures and hay fields compounding issues locally. There is hope for a brighter future, so the focus of the 2021 program will be Moving Forward from Disruption.
Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Livestock & Forage Economist will provide a presentation on the Cattle Market Outlook for 2021 and Beyond to set the stage for the keynote speaker. Dr. Glenn Selk, Emeritus Beef Extension Specialist, Oklahoma State University, will provide the keynote presentation entitled Cornerstone Concepts for Cow Herd Sustainability. His presentation will provide the foundation for profitable commercial cow-calf operations. Dr. Selk is known across the country for his weekly video and article series entitled, “Cow-Calf Corner.” Dr. Selk has 47 years of experience with Oklahoma State Extension, working primarily with cow-calf producers. The final presentation will provide a 20-minute overview of the Most Significant Research Breakthroughs in cattle and forage agronomy research in North Florida. The webinar will conclude with a Question & Answer Session to allow the speakers to address questions brought up during the presentations and from the discussion that follows.
This webinar will be held from 7:30 AM until approximately 9:30 Central Time (depending on the number of questions submitted for discussion). Participation in this sponsored event is free for participants, but pre-registration is required by using the following link:
2021 Virtual Beef Conference Registration (https://tinyurl.com/NWFLBeefConf)
After registration, the link and login information needed to participate will be automatically emailed to you. This webinar will be hosted using the Zoom webinar software that can be viewed from a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone with internet access and audio speakers or headphones.
For more information, contact Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension Jackson County, 850-482-9620 or email@example.com.
Webinar Schedule of Events (AM Central Time)
7:30 – Welcome, Instructions, & Introductions
Doug Mayo, Beef Conference Chair, Jackson County Extension
7:40 – Cattle Market Outlook for 2021 and Beyond
Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Livestock & Forage Economist
8:00 – Cornerstone Concepts for Cow Herd Sustainability
The foundation for profitable commercial cow-calf operations.
Glenn Selk, Emeritus Beef Extension Specialist, Oklahoma State University
8:40 – Most Significant Research Breakthroughs from Beef & Forage Faculty
Ann Blount, Cheryl Macowiak, Nicolas DiLorenzo, Jose Dubeux,
Angela Gonella-Diaza, Marcelo Wallau, and Pratap Devkota,
UF/IFAS Cattle & Forage Agronomy Specialists
9:00 – Q & A Session All Topics & Speakers
10:00 – Closing remarks (depends on the number of questions submitted for discussion)