Keynote speaker Friday night is Temple Grandin

Popular horse trainer featured at Mo. Livestock Symposium

Ken McNabb holds clinics for horse owners worldwide and appears weekly on the RFD-TV program “Discovering the Horseman Within.”

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Internationally known horse trainer Ken McNabb heads the Missouri Livestock Symposium’s equine section, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, in Kirksville. His talks include “Communicating With Your Hands, Feet and Legs,” “Colt Starting” and “Purchasing Your Next Horse With Confidence.”

McNabb holds clinics for horse owners worldwide and appears weekly on the RFD-TV program “Discovering the Horseman Within.”

University of Missouri veterinarian Alison LaCarrubba will join the program this year, says Zac Erwin, symposium vice chair and MU-Extension livestock field specialist. LaCarrubba will discuss “Equine Dentistry—Why is it so Important?”

Concurrent talks by national leaders cover beef cattle, sheep, meat goats, forages, stock dogs, farm and ranch succession, and more, Erwin says.

Also speaking about horses will be Jake McCracken of McCracken Saddles and Tack, from Dawn, Mo. He discusses “Custom Saddle Fit for Horse and Rider” and “Custom Saddles—Cost vs. Quality.”

The symposium opens 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. The Saturday sessions run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual meeting again features a sold-out agricultural trade show. The event takes place at Matthew Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove, in Kirksville.

There are no fees or advance registration.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture organizes meals with contributions from Missouri commodity groups. They give a taste of Missouri.

A beef dinner buffet opens 6 p.m. Friday. A governor’s style lunch is Saturday.

Keynote speaker Friday night is Temple Grandin, animal sciences professor at Colorado State University. Her topic: “Educating Different Kinds of Minds.” She leads efforts on animal care.

For details, go to www.MissouriLivestock.com or call MU Extension in Adair County at 660-665-9866. Garry Mathes, program chair, can be contacted at 660-341-6625. Zac Erwin is at erwinz@missouri.edu

He asks that you put “MLS” in the email subject line.

Duane Dailey, MU-Extension

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