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LIVESTOCK SYMPOSIUM FEATURES INDUSTRY LEADERS

“If you are involved in the beef cattle or livestock industry, the 2006 Missouri Livestock Symposium is definitely the place you want to be on December 1 and 2,” according to Garry L. Mathes, chair of the Missouri Livestock Symposium planning committee.

Featured beef cattle speakers include producers Dave Nichols of Nichols Farms, Bridgewater, IA; Tom Brink, Five Rivers Feeding, Loveland, Colorado; and Jeff Windett, Circle A Angus, Iberia, MO. Dr. Dee Griffin, Feedlot Production Management Veterinarian and Professor with the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center at the University of Nebraska, will address the topics of keeping a calf healthy from birth to weaning and how to best use the new generation of antibiotics and are they worth it?

Dr. Dee Cross of Clemson University in South Carolina, will speak in both the beef and horse sections of the Symposium. In the beef section, he and Dr. David Davis of the University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center, will discuss new products to enhance performance of cattle on fescue pasture.

Other beef cattle programs at the 2006 Missouri Livestock Symposium include capitalizing on cattle that work for both feeders and packers, and a question and answer session involving an elite cattle producer panel.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Mike John, will be a featured speaker Friday evening at the Symposium.

In addition to the beef section speakers, other programs of potential interest to beef cattle producers include nationally acclaimed speakers on forages. Featured forage speakers include Dr. Don Ball, Auburn University; Dr. David Davis and Dr. Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri; and a group of progressive forage and livestock producers who will share ideas and strategies that work on their farms.

Stock dog owners or enthusiasts will also have a chance to learn from one of the country's best stock dog trainers, Al Vieira of Orland, California. Vieira will put on three programs to help producers get the most out of their stock dogs. Vieira has been inducted into the Stock Dog Handlers Hall of Fame and has trained both dogs and coyotes for Disney films.

The Missouri Livestock Symposium features an agriculture related trade show and programs for horse producers, sheep and meat goat producers, topics on wind energy and biomass, gardening, quilting, and a whole lineup of topics on wildlife. For complete Missouri Livestock Symposium details go to http://missourilivestock.com or call 660-665-9866. A free beef supper is served at 6 p.m. on Friday night, December 1. Orion Samuelson will speak after supper. On Saturday a Governor's Style Luncheon is provided by a number of Missouri's fine commodity groups at Noon.

There is no need to pre-register for the Missouri Livestock Symposium, just show up. The only cost associated with the Symposium is for Baxter Black tickets. Tickets are $10.00 each and sold on a first come first serve basis, advance ticket sales only. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 660-665-9866. Baxter Black performs on Saturday night, December 2, at 7:30 p.m.

The Missouri Livestock Symposium is held at the Kirksville Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove, Kirksville, MO. Hours are 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1 and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2006.

Other attractions include master boot maker, Joe Patrickus, who has had such clients as Roy Rogers, Sammy Kershaw, and California Governor Arnold Schwerzenegger; and Dr. Randall Reeder who is recognized as a leading authority and imitator of the legendary Will Rogers.

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