Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster, Ron Hays, is talking with Jarold Callahan of Express Ranches about Cattlemen’s Conference coming up on May 24 and 25 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at Oklahoma State University.
As board chairman of Cattlemen’s Congress, Callahan has been instrumental in bringing together the parties to work on Cattlemen’s Conference. Themed “Blueprint for the Future,” the conference will look at past industry trends, where the industry is today, and what the future needs to hold.
This national event, Callahan said, is sponsored by OSU Animal Science Extension, The Noble Research Institute, and Cattlemen’s Congress.
“We have combined to try to do an event that will be pretty much-cutting edge and will talk about genomics, will talk about cattle type, will talk about the future, will talk about grass management, and sustainability,” Callahan said.
Callahan said the conference will also feature conversations about ethics in the show ring, fitting practices, and more.
“The national steer symposium that was held at OSU was certainly a huge event in 1981 and 1982, and it really had a tremendous impact,” Callahan said. “I was one of the co-chairmen of the national beef cattle conference held at OSU in 1988. Those two events had a tremendous impact- a positive impact- in terms of helping shape and turn the corner on type and kind and the usage of EPDs and the usage of technology, and the explanation.”
Looking back at these past events, Callahan said he can see that significant process has been made in the cattle industry.
“Change is slow, but I think both of those events really impacted the industry in a positive way,” Callahan said. “I don’t think we are upside down now, or anything. I think we have got a good product to sell, and I think most breeders are doing good. I think we need to do a little tweaking. I think there is a lot of technology out there now that a lot of us need help understanding, me included.”
Breed associations including, but not limited to, the American Hereford Association and the American Angus Association, will also be involved in the event, Callahan added.
“We think we have searched the country over and got a tremendous set of speakers,” Callahan said. “I think it will be extremely informative. It is a two-day event held on the campus of OSU. There will be some live cattle as well as we purchased some cattle and put them on feed that we will see the videos of, and we will actually see the carcasses and have the data on those cattle.”
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