The rebuilding of pastures and beef herds, as well as information on alternative feedstuffs and the beef cattle outlook, will be topics discussed at the 2013 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference. It's scheduled for Feb. 12 at the I-40 Livestock Auction in Ozark, AR.

“The drought that’s crippling the cattle industry in Arkansas is showing no signs of abating,” says Tom Troxel, University of Arkansas animal scientist. “That means cattlemen will need new tools to manage and survive if 2013 is a repeat of 2012. We hope to offer those tools at this year’s River Valley Beef Cattle Conference.”

The conference is a joint educational effort of the University of Arkansas (UA) Division of Agriculture and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas. 

UA animal scientist Tom Troxel will discuss when to rebuilt herds while UA Extension forage specialist John Jennings will speak on rebuilding pastures. Paul Beck, UA animal scentist, will make a presentation on “Uses and limitations of alternative feedstuffs for cattle." Representative from CattleFax will also speak on the future of the cattle market.

A registration fee of $20 will be collected at the door. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more on cattle production, visit www.uaex.edu or www.arkansas-livestock.com or contact your county extension office. Contact Noelle Hayes for conference information: nhayes@uaex.edu, 501-671-2177.