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Conference to focus on change


ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Guest speakers, an equipment safety clinic and information booths will focus on "Ag in Changing Times," the theme of Saturday's 2011 Spring Livestock Conference at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.



The conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Floral Building. A tri-tip barbecue lunch will be served at noon.



The presentations scheduled for 10-11 a.m. are "Update on Stocker Cattle Vaccinations" by John Herkner of Pfizer Animal Health and "AI Breeding -- Value and Costs" by Sarah Thorson and Veril Nelson of Genex. The 11 a.m. presentation will be "Grass Based Health: Grass Based Agriculture and Healthy Diets" by Pete Ballerstedt of Philomath, Ore.



After lunch, three seminars are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.: "Preparing Cattle for the Real World" by Julie Weikel of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, "ATV Implements and Safety" by Dick Langdon of Fisher Farm & Lawn, and "Healthy Diets and Agriculture" by Ballerstedt.



Presentations scheduled for 2 p.m. are "In a Wreck -- What to Do Now?" by Weikel and "Wildlife and Livestock" by Daniel Dawson, a Roseburg rancher, and Mike Burrell of USDA's Wildlife Services.



Concluding the seminar schedule at 3 p.m. will be "Practical Approach to Dealing With Abortions" by Charles Estill of the Oregon State University Extension Service, and "More Options for Marketing Cattle" by Keith Pearce and Lowell Hursh of Simplot Custom Cattle Feeding.



More information may be obtained by calling Rex Heard at the Douglas County Farmers Co-op at 541-464-6748, Parkway Animal Hospital at 541-672-1621 or the Oregon State University Extension Service at 541-672-4461.



-- Craig Reed



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