Cattle rancher educational program returns virtually for 2021

Cattle producers from Florida and beyond are invited to attend the annual Northwest Florida Beef Cattle Conference. Although the free conference is hosted by the UF/IFAS Extension agriculture team in the Panhandle, the transition to a virtual format means that travel will not limit attendees.

For the past 35 years, the cattle rancher educational program has included a trade show of business and organizations that serve the cattle industry in Northwest Florida, Southeast Alabama and Southwest Georgia. Due to COVID-19, the usual in-person cattle producer meeting was shifted to a virtual format, including speakers, brief updates from cattle and forage researchers and a question-and-answer period at the end.

WHAT: 2021 Northwest Florida Beef Cattle Conference, “Moving Forward from Disruption.”

WHEN: Feb. 10 at 7:30-9:30 a.m. Central time / 8:30-10:30 a.m. Eastern time.

WHERE: Live on Zoom; Register now at to receive the access information.

WHO: Cattle producers in Northwest Florida, Southeast Alabama and Southwest Georgia may be particularly interested, but other interested parties are also welcome to register and attend.

Speakers and topics will include:

  • Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS livestock and forage Extension economist, will present the Cattle Market Outlook for 2021 and Beyond.
  • Glenn Selk, emeritus beef Extension specialist from Oklahoma State University, will provide the keynote presentation, “Cornerstone Concepts for Cow Herd Sustainability,” detailing the foundation for profitable commercial cow-calf operations.
  • An overview of the most significant research breakthroughs in cattle and forage agronomy research in North Florida.

COST: Free

MORE INFORMATION: Or contact Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension Jackson County, 850-482-9620 or


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Download the news release here.


Posted: February 3, 2021

Category: Livestock, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Beef Cattle, Doug Mayo, Northwest Extension District

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