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Advancing Cow-Calf Knowledge

Advancing Cow-Calf Knowledge

With strategies picked up at OSU’s Cow-Calf Boot Camp helping him weather the ongoing drought, longtime Roger Mills County producer Carl Manske wanted to learn more. So he signed on for the inaugural Advanced Cow-Calf Boot Camp.

“I wanted to learn as much as I could, and the subjects looked interesting,” Manske said. Forty-six new and seasoned producers met in Muskogee in June for the three-day advanced camp, which was less hands-on and more classroom-oriented than the basic course. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service experts led spirited discussions around topics such as reproduction, estate planning and risk management.

“We just tried to introduce them to more of the industry,” said Earl Ward, OSU Cooperative Extension Northeast District area livestock specialist. “Something that surprised me was their eagerness to ask questions. It wasn’t just the new guys. Guys who’ve been in the industry a long time were picking up stuff.”

Satisfied with the first effort, Ward is looking ahead.

“We feel like it’s a good camp,” he said, “but we’re always looking for ways to improve it.”

-LM

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