Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2019 Virginia Cow-Calf Conference on Feb. 19 at the Weyers Cave Community Center in Weyers Cave, Virginia, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s program will feature a beef price cycle and market dynamics presentation by Kenny Burdine, Extension agricultural economist at the University of Kentucky. Burdine will provide a beef market outlook for 2019 and provide analysis on where we are and where we are going for the current beef cattle price cycle. 

Additional program content will include a talk on the prevention, management, and treatment of calf scours and coccidiosis in cow-calf operations by Anne Zajac. Additionally, the management of lice and external parasites will also be addressed. The program will also feature commentary and analysis by Scott Greiner, beef Extension specialist, on the genetic and economic value of crossbred bulls and the impact on feeder cattle prices on bull sale price and values.

John Currin will provide a blueprint for successful heifer development. Finally, Richard Odom of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will review developments in state and national animal ID efforts and the Animal Disease Traceability program.

Registration costs $15 per person. To register or for any questions, please call the Augusta County Extension Office at 540-245-5750 or email John Benner at benner89@vt.edu. Registration is requested by Feb. 15 to adequately plan for lunch.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact John Benner at the Augusta County Extension Office five days prior to the event at 540-245-5750 *(TDD number is 800-828-1120) during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations.