A conference focusing on efficient livestock management and production during drought will be held March 14 at the Ardmore Convention Center, Ardmore, OK.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host its second-annual Texoma Cattlemen’s Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring beef industry experts.

“With the effects of drought across the U.S. last year and the Southern Great Plains the last two years, cattle numbers are at or near all-time lows,” says Hugh Aljoe, Noble Foundation consultation program manager. “Every marketed calf makes a difference in the bottom line, but taking care of the land resources is equally important. Operational efficiency is more critical than ever to our cattle industry, and that is the focus of this conference.”

Topics will include the outlook on long-term climate trends, seasonal weather projections for 2013, and future research and technology targeted at improving production efficiencies.

“The continuing drought into 2013 has been a game changer for many livestock operations in the Southern Great Plains,” says Chuck Coffey, Noble Foundation senior pasture and range consultant. “We hope to give producers direction for the coming years and discuss the tools necessary to survive during adverse conditions. We must learn to adapt to a changing environment.”

Registration is $35 and includes lunch. For more information or to preregister, visit www.noble.org/agevents or contact Jackie Kelley at 580.224.6360.