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story.lead_photo.caption Livestock producers are invited to attend the Missouri Livestock Symposium this Friday and Saturday in Kirksville. Most events, including 48 topical talks, are free, including two big meals. Photo by Jenny Gray / Fulton Sun.

When she was a college student at Truman State University, livestock specialist Anita Ellis used to attend the annual Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville.

Now that she's working for MU Extension Center of Callaway County, she still does.

"It's a pretty big shindig," she added. "I'll be helping with it."

Ellis is encouraging livestock producers to attend the free symposium this Friday and Saturday; however, some events have registration fees.

Friday:

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Ag Lenders Semoinar, El Kadir Shrine Club, Kirksville. Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus of Virginia Tech, will speak. (This event does have a registration fee.)

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Nutrition Educators Training, Adair County Extension in Kirksville. (Registration fee.)

4-10 p.m.: Free, largest trade show in the Midwest, something for everyone.

6 p.m.: Free co-sponsored beef supper.

7 p.m.: Evening program in the auditorium. Awards presentation for livestock person of the year and ag educator of the year. Speaker is Dr. David Kohl.

Saturday:

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Trade show continues.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Free educational programs. Eight topics every hour with 48 speakers and 48 topics overall, including stock dogs, horses and farm and home.

Noon-2 p.m. :Free luncheon.

2-5 p.m.: Educational programs continue.

"It's a very well-rounded event for livestock producers with speakers from around the country," Ellis said.

Most events will be at William Matthew Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove, Kirksville. That's about 115 miles north of Fulton up U.S. 63.

To learn more, visit Missourilivestock.com.

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