MARIANNA, Fla. - Cattle producers from across the tri-states spent their Valentines Day in Marianna for the 33rd Northewest Florida Beef Conference.
While most people associate the Florida panhandle with peanut growers, there is also a large cattle industry in the area.
Wednesday morning, cattle producers from the tri-states gathered to learn more about running their herds efficiently.
"Every operation is unique, but there's also a lot of common ground. We're all raising brute cows and selling weaned calves," said Doug Mayo, Jackson County extension director.
Mayo said that the importance of everyone getting together every year is to learn and keep up with all of the industry changes.
"Even though many of these people have been raising cattle their whole lives, there's always something new to learn, some new technologies, some new ideas that they can take back and improve the management of their herd," Mayo said.
The idea of this years conference was to focus on fine tuning management to maintain profitability.
Several speakers from across the nation came in to share their expertise.
Some schools in the area brought their FFA members to join in on the experience.
"The future of the beef industry in the panhandle depends on the next generation. We've had some disconnect in the past of getting younger people involved and we've used some new tools to try to reach out and make sure that they are aware of this opportunity and they've turned out," said Mayo.
To learn more about the cattle industry in our area go to http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/jackson/
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