8:30 am Trade Show opens
9:00 am Welcome & Florida Cattlemen's Association Update - Wes Carlton,
9:15 am 40th Florida Cattlemen's Institute & Allied Trade Show History -
9:30 am BQA: More Relevant Now Than Ever - Josh White, NCBA
Executive Director - Producer Education
10:00 am BQA For the Cow-Calf Operation - Dr. Todd Thrift, UF/IFAS
10:45 am Trade Show Break
11:30 am BQA Beyond Your Gate - Josh White
12:15 pm Awards presentation and lunch
1:00 pm Leading Pitfalls to Successful BQA Protocols - Dr. Harold
Newcomb, DVM, Merck Animal Health
1:45pm 40th Florida Cattlemen's Institute & Allied Trade Show
Celebration and Trade Show Break
2:15 pm BQA: Put Into Practice, Panel discussion
Moderator: Dr. Todd Thrift
Panelists: Dr. Paul Bryant, DVM, Flint John, Josh White, and
Dr. Harold Newcomb
Feel free to contact your UF Livestock Extension Agent should you have any questions or UF/IFAS Regional Livestock Agent Lindsey Wiggins at
Dr. Todd Thrift, UF/IFAS Associate Professor Cow-Calf Management, Beef Cattle Nutrition, and Stocker Feedlot Management
Dr. Thrift's extension responsibilities focus on applied cow-calf management in Florida. Specific areas of work involve beef quality assurance, beef cattle breeding, nutrition, reproduction, and utilization of Bos Indicus
genetics. Currently, Dr. Thrift serves as the State BQA Coordinator.
Flint Johns has been the Ranch Manager at Lykes Bros. Inc. since 2011. His primary responsibilities include management and oversight of cattle, farming, and equipment operations. Prior to his position as Ranch Manager, he worked as a Special Projects Coordinator for Lykes Bros. Inc. from 2007 to 2011 as an analyst supporting the cattle, farming, forestry, and biofuel
crop divisions of Lykes Bros. Inc. Flint received a Bachelor of Science in Food and Resource Economics in 2004 from the University of Florida and a Master of Agribusiness in 2006 from the University of Florida. Flint
had the privilege of receiving the UF/IFAS College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Horizon Award in 2014 and the UF Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 2015. He currently serves on the Florida Cattlemen’s Executive Committee and has previously served
as Chairman of the Florida Beef Council. Originally from Ocala, FL, Flint now lives in Okeechobee, FL with his wife, Stephanie, and two children Hannah Kate and Judson.
Clint Richardson is General Manager of Deseret Cattle and Citrus, Deseret Farms of Ruskin in Central Florida and Vice President of the Ranches Division of AgReserves, Inc. Clint joined AgReserves in 1999 and worked as a Cattle Unit Manager and Area Manager at Deseret Cattle and Citrus until 2009. Before returning to DCC in 2017, Clint worked as General Manager of AgReserves ranching operations in both Texas and Oklahoma. Over the years Clint has been active in Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Florida Cattleman’s Association, and National Cattleman’s Beef Association. Clint is an Animal Science graduate of the University of Kentucky and earned a master’s degree in Agribusiness from the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management in Kingsville,
Texas. Clint and his wife Debra reside at the ranch in Deer Park, Florida, and have 4 children.
Dr. Harold Newcomb, DVM, Merck Animal Health
Dr. Newcomb graduated from MS State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. He practiced in Batesville, MS for 18 years in a mixed animal practice doing primarily cow/calf stocker medicine. He has been employed with Merck Animal Health as a technical services veterinarian since 2003. His primary areas of interest are economics and production medicine. He is also involved in the family cow/calf operation.
Event Location: Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center 4601 Hwy 710 E. Okeechobee, FL 34974
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