Market analyst Corbitt Wall headlines Missouri Livestock Symposium

  • Published: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023

KIRKSVILLE, Mo.– Feeder Flash livestock market analyst Corbitt Wall is the featured Friday night speaker at the 24th annual Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 1-2 at William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville.

Wall, a fourth-generation cattleman, reports daily market information and shares commentary on current livestock markets on National Beef Wire, says Garry L. Mathes, symposium chairman.

“Corbitt is arguably one of the most prominent voices in the cattle marketing business and has developed a significant following of beef producers throughout the Midwest,” says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist and symposium vice chairman Zac Erwin.

“Most producers appreciate his straightforward communication style and fundamental understanding of the cattle market from farm to futures,” Erwin says.

Wall is the commercial cattle manager and livestock market analyst for DV Auction. He has earned a reputation for his keen understanding of the ever-evolving dynamics of livestock marketing. Wall’s broadcasts air five days a week.

Doors for the symposium and trade show open at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. A 6 p.m. beef supper will be followed by the evening program at 7 p.m. and Wall’s presentation at 8 p.m. Saturday events run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and all meals are free.

Saturday’s speakers include MU Extension specialists Wes Tucker, Joe Horner and Eric Bailey. Tucker, an ag business specialist and cattleman, talks about rising cattle prices and production costs. Horner, an ag economist, will give tips on “bulletproofing your beef operation.” Bailey, state beef specialist, tells how to feed when there is no feed. Tucker returns in another session to talk about beef cow leasing arrangements.

Veterinarian Chris Perry will give strategies for deworming and how to control liver flukes. Idaho beef producer Steve Campbell shares “How the Red Solo Cup Cow Can Improve Your Bottom Line.”

David Boatright, of Sedalia, will inform and entertain attendees with a presentation, “Do You Want to Sign the Front or the Back of the Check?” He will give a second presentation on how to bring younger generations back to the farm. Wes Tucker returns with “Options for $5,000 an Acre Pasture.”

Other speakers include Jamie Kurtz, a state grazing specialist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Harley Naumann, MU Extension state forage and grazing management specialist.

Horse lovers will hear from Jim Greendyk, a Scottsdale, Ariz., horse trainer, and Megan McCracken, a veterinarian who teaches equine sciences at MU.

Sheep producers will hear from Marty Gibbs of Texas A&M. He will give tips for successful 4-H and FFA sheep projects. Mohan Acharya, a small-ruminant specialist from Lincoln University, will give updates on parasite control. MU Extension livestock specialist David Brown will tell how to diversify operations with sheep; in a second presentation, Brown will talk about the role of condensed tannins in goat nutrition.

Randall Cass of Iowa State University talks about how farmers and ranchers can support honeybees. MU Extension poultry specialist Jawad Aljuboori also will speak.

MU Extension horticulturist Jennifer Schutter offers “Garden Hodgepodge” and a session where attendees can make holiday floral arrangements to take home.

Ron Hanson, professor emeritus at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will talk about farm succession in two sessions. MU Extension state forestry specialist Hank Stelzer will talk about Missouri’s white oak, whiskey and wine industries. There also will be sessions on stock dogs.

Commodity groups and the Missouri Department of Agriculture are among the sponsors for the free Friday dinner and Saturday luncheon. Platinum-level sponsors are MU Extension, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Sullivan Auctioneers LLC, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Sheep Merchandising Council, FCS Financial, KTVO Studios, MFA Oil, Pepsi Cola Memphis Bottling and Missouri Beef Industry Council.

For more information, go to, or call the MU Extension Center in Adair County at 660-665-9866 or Garry Mathes at 660-341-6625.

Corbitt Wall will speak Dec. 1 at the 2023 Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville.

Writer: Linda Geist

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