Sire selection, how to rebuild the cow herd, calf health, and weed control are on the agenda for the 2014 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference in Morrilton.

"With normal rainfall returning to Arkansas in 2013, many cattle producers are looking to return their cattle operations to production levels prior to 2012 drought, says Tom Troxel, associate head- Animal Science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. "Producers are asking the questions on how to best do that. The 2014 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference will offer ideas to best address many of their questions and concerns."

Among the questions the conference will help answer:

•Which heifers should I select to rebuild the cow herd?

•Which heifer based upon appearance, correct feet and legs, correct body type, etc. Will make a good replacement female?

Herd health and an update on the newest deworming products will also be presented.

"Even though cattle prices are at historic highs, managing cow costs is just as important now as ever before." Troxel said. "Every cattle producer should know what it costs to maintain a cow."

The Red River Valley Beef Cattle Conference is a joint educational effort by the University of Arkansas system Division of Agriculture and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas

The Conference speakers include:

Mr. Bryan Kutz, instructor Animal Science- "Sire Selection"

Dr. Jeremy Powell- Professor and veterinarian — Animal Science — "Calf Health"

Dr. John Boyd- Assistant Professor — "Weed Control"

Nathan Cooper — Economist for U of A "How to rebuild your cow herd"

A registration fee of $20 will be collected at the Door. The conference will be from 9 am till noon.

The cooperative Extension Service is part of the University Of Arkansas System Division Of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.