As time and technology changes, so does the way things are done - even in the world of beef production.

“What was once right, may now be wrong and could cost cattle producers,” said Bill Burton, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service area agricultural economist. “Many producers are being forced to make some very hard decisions. The squeeze between rapidly inflating feed and fertilizer prices and stable-to-lower calf prices are forcing them to take a serious look at how they use their land.”

A series of “Rethinking the Cow-Calf Business” meetings will takeplace across northeast Oklahoma this fall.

The Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Office, a statewide agency that is part of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, will host the meetings which offer the latest cutting-edge information for making sound decisions in today's cattle market.

In Ottawa County, a meeting has been set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Charlie's Chicken in Miami.

“Participants attending the meeting in Ottawa are asked to RSVP by Oct. 16 to help ensure we have sufficient meals provided,” said Bob Woods, agronomist.

The meeting will focus on current budget realities, the effect of high fertilizer prices and strategies for managing pastures and cattle.

“We've known the optimums for cattle performance for many years, but the optimums need to be redefined,” said Kent Barnes, OSU Cooperative Extension area livestock specialist. “It's not that people have been doing things wrong. Conditions are such that the rules have just changed.”