Great Plains Grazing to host beef cattle producer conference on June 28-29

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Great Plains Grazing will host “Adapting Grazing Management for Future Needs”, a conference aimed for beef cattle producers across Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. The conference is scheduled for June 28-29, 2018 at the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Almost five years ago, a team of nearly 50 scientists from Kansas State University, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Tarleton State University, the Noble Research Institute, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) began collaboration to increase the resiliency of beef cattle operations on grazing lands and wheat pastures under changing climate, land use, and markets across the Southern Great Plains. As the Great Plains Grazing project nears its completion, cattle producers across the region are invited to attend a conference tailored specifically to help producers manage their operations more effectively.

Registration for the conference is free and will include lunch and dinner on June 28, breakfast on June 29, and a lunch to conclude the event.

The event kicks off with registration at 10:30 a.m. on June 28. A buffet lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. with opening remarks to start at 12:30 p.m. The conference will feature 5 sessions over the two days. The topics and speakers include:

  • The Impact of Grazing Animals on Methane Emissions
    • Field scale methane emissions from grazing systems – Rick Todd, USDA-ARS
    • The role of enteric methane on climate change – Andy Cole, Retired USDA-ARS
    • Methanotrophic bacteria and their potential role in the methane cycle – Brekke Munks, USDA-ARS
  • Grazing Management Impacts on Resilience and Productivity
    • Rotational grazing – Walt Fick, K-State
    • Moderate continuous stocking – Laura Goodman, OSU
    • Patch burning – Corey Moffet, USDA-ARS
    • Grazing cover crops in the Southern Plains – Jaymelynn Farney, K-State
  • Dynamic Grazing Management
    • Dynamic forage management using field measurements – Alex Rocateli, OSU
    • Forecasting forage production with soil moisture estimates – Sonisa Sharma, USDA-ARS
    • Matching cows to forage resources – David Lalman, OSU
  • Weather, Climate, and Cattle
    • Dynamics in weather and climate change – Jeff Basara, Univ. of Oklahoma
    • Utilizing the cattle comfort advisor – Wes Lee, Oklahoma Mesonet
  • Sustainable Beef Production
    • Consumer perspectives – Bailey Norwood, OSU
    • Industry perspectives – Sara Place, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association


All beef cattle producers in the region are encouraged to attend this conference. Registration for the event is free. Interested individuals are encouraged to register online by June 22 at

For more information about the conference, contact Jason Warren at or 405-744-1721 or visit the Great Plains Grazing website at




Kathy Gehl, Extension Program Coordinator – Great Plains Grazing