A year after Katrina devastated thousands of Mississippi farms, cattlemen can attend a workshop, aimed at helping improve their herd management. On September 6, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, The Wax Company, the Cattlemen's Foundation and its sponsors will present “Getting Back on Track,” a day-long workshop at the Forrest County Multi Purpose Center near Hattiesburg.
“Cattlemen will find this workshop to be very helpful as they continue to rebuild their operations,” says Gale Martin, Mississippi Cattlemen's Association president.
This short course will include a combination of classroom and field activities. Participants will learn how to rebuild fences and handle cattle, utilizing low-stress methods. Randy Blach, Executive V.P. of Cattle-Fax will be discussing market changes in the cattle industry and Dr. Jane Parish's session is designed to get producers back on track with many common operational management challenges faced after the storm. Practical farm examples and key steps in cattle management recovery will be covered in this interactive session.
The afternoon breakout sessions will include animal identification, export verification, feeding, management and much more.
In addition to the sessions, representatives from the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Mississippi State University Extension Service will be on hand to explain programs that are available to cattlemen.
Pre-registration of $20 includes lunch and registration the day of the event will be $30. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30. If you would like more information, contact the Mississippi Cattlemen's Association at (601) 354-8951 or your county Extension office.