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What You'll Gain From the Texoma Cattlemen's Conference

By Hugh Aljoe
Director of Producer Relations

Posted May 1, 2018

Greater efficiency is always the objective for ranch operations, although it is seldom a stationary target. Ranching efficiency takes on multiple facets within an operation: reducing costs and increasing revenues, eliminating redundancies, enhancing production and marketing, and optimizing operational activities with accurate timing and execution, all while managing through more variable weather conditions and commodity markets.

This year's Texoma Cattlemen's Conference, which will be held June 15, will focus on "The Road to Ranching Efficiency." We will address a number of issues and opportunities pertaining to ranching efficiency.

This year's conference has several new features in addition to those you have come to expect and enjoy from the past. First, we have moved the conference to June from February. In doing so, we hope to have placed the conference during a time of year that better suits regional cattle producers. This has also allowed us to schedule an adjacent field day.

New This Year: Pre-conference Farm Tour

On Thursday, June 14, the day before the conference, you have the opportunity to tour two Noble Research Institute farms. We will present some of our applied systems research results as well as demonstrations and technologies applicable to regional beef cattle producers.

Farm tour topics include:

  • The use of synchronization and artificial insemination.
  • EPD selection criteria for both terminal and maternal traits.
  • Herd management systems.
  • Replacement heifer development.
  • Production and marketing to enhance value of cattle, from weaning calves to cull cows.
  • Planned pasture management.
  • Management of pecans as a complementary enterprise.

We will also provide an open house for producers to observe first-hand the more recent additions and facility enhancements to the Noble Research Institute farm and ranch operations.

Cattle grazing at the Red River Grazing Facility

You will see:

  • The state-of-the-art shipping/receiving/processing facility at Oswalt Ranch.
  • GrowSafe beef units, which we use to measure and study individual cattle efficiency on feed and forage on a daily basis.
  • The newly constructed Red River Grazing Facility, a 640-acre unit with 16 grazing pastures that can be further subdivided into 4-acre paddocks to conduct grazing research with growing cattle using multiple forages and forage combinations.

Noble Research Institute applied researchers, operational staff, managers and consultants will be on-hand to present the applied agricultural systems activities on the farms and discuss the implications to producers.

During the Conference

The conference, on Friday, June 15, will include the three most requested features from previous conferences: the trade show with our supporting allied industry businesses and agencies, Ron Hays (Oklahoma's Voice of Agriculture) from the Oklahoma Farm Report as our conference emcee and moderator, and Noble Research Institute research lightning talk updates. This year, the lightning talks will include results from our Forage 365 research projects, which sought to find ways to extend the grazing season, and more.

In addition, several nationally renowned speakers from across the country will speak:

  • Jim Robb, senior analyst with the Livestock Marketing and Information Center, will provide the market outlook for cattle, beef and other agricultural commodities important to the beef industry.
  • Donnell Brown of the R.A. Brown Ranch in Throckmorton, Texas, will share how his family continues to find success into the sixth generation during his keynote address, "Ranching Efficiency: Providing Viability and Sustainability to the Land, Livestock and Family."
  • Colin Woodall, the senior vice president of government affairs at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, will present the political outlook for agriculture and the beef industry from his Washington, D.C., perspective.
  • G. Cliff Lamb, Ph.D., newly appointed department head of the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science, will present his research, which spans multiple decades and demonstrates the value of stringently managing the cow herd for reproductive and economic efficiency. He'll share how more can be done than just delivering a live calf to market every year.

All these industry-leading experts will provide information that directly pertains to enhancing operational efficiency on our ranches. Plus we'll hear industry updates from the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Oklahoma Beef Council and Oklahoma Farm Report during the noon hour. This could be one of the most impactful regional conferences this year.

For More Details

We hope you can attend both the field day tour June 14 and the sessions June 15, but you are certainly welcome to attend just one of the days if that is all your schedule permits. Registrations are separate for each day, but the Thursday tour is limited to 200 with priority given to those registering both days. Both events will begin at 8 a.m. at the Ardmore Convention Center. Tour buses will depart from the Convention Center parking lot Thursday morning. Lunch comes with the registration for both days.

For more information or to register, please visit noble.org/events/tcc/.

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