Annual Meeting

Southern Logo

2018 Southern Section Meeting 

Fort Worth, TX
February 3 - 6, 2018


Online registration is now closed.  You will be able to register for the meeting onsite at the Hilton Fort Worth on the 2nd floor.

Download the PDF registration form. 


Housing Blocks closed 1/12/2018. Please contact hotels for room needs.

Hilton Fort Worth (Headquarters Hotel)
815 Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Book your room by phone at 817-870-2100

Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Fort Worth
1001 Commerce St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Book your room by phone at 817-332-5300

Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone
601 Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Book your room by phone at 871-885-8700 

Ground Transportation

TRE light rail

Taxi service

Additional options


There are many sponsorship options available for the Southern Section meeting, view the Sponsorship Prospectus for details and packages.



Abstract submissions are now closed

Abstract instructions


Award nominations are now closed.

Award guidelines

Mobile App

Download the app on your mobile device

App1  App2 App3 App4 App7 App8 App9 App11 App12

Programming Committees

Invited non-member/outside the Southern Section travel reimbursement policy
*For Members: At this time, the Southern Section has opted not to reimburse members inside the section for travel or registration.

Abstract Book

Coming soon


Congratulations to the new 2018-2019 Southern Section Board Members:

Secretary-Treasurer - Justin Rhinehart, University of Tennessee
Graduate Director - Katie (Bennett) Mason, Auburn University

Preliminary Meeting Schedule

Saturday, February 3 (2:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

Join us for the 2018 Pre-Conference symposium. It is well known that certain insects can be pests of livestock.  This symposium will address some of these most economically important insect pest species, as well as link some of these insects to disease pathogens of importance that lead to decreased productivity in livestock.  It will also aid in providing guidance on developing an effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan for operations and/or producers battling insect pests.

  • Dr. Chris Holderman (Central Life Sciences): Overview of arthropod pests of typical livestock production systems
  • Dr. Stephen Nickerson (University of Georgia): Benefits of horn fly control in dairy and beef heifers
  • Dr. C. Steven Mooney (Morrisville State College): The Effect of ClariFly Larvicide in purchased feed on fly populations on dairy farms in 2008 and 2013
  • Dr. Justin Talley (Oklahoma State University): Update on fly control practices for pastured cattle
  • Mr. Casey White (Central Life Sciences): An integrated approach to managing insects in livestock production systems

Day of programing followed by networking mixer beginning at 6:00 PM with cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres.

Sunday, February 4

  • SCC81 -  All day
  • SERA 041 Symposium: Round Bale Haylage Production Impacts and Economics - Afternoon
    • Dr. Joao Vendramini (University of Florida) and Dr. Ryon Walker (Noble Research Institute): Characteristics of and animal Responses to Warm and Cool-Season Forage Baleage
    • Dr. Adegbola Adesogan (University of Florida): Anti-quality Factors with Forage Baleage and Grain Crop Silage
    • Dr. Ross Pruitt (University of Tennessee-Martin): Economics of Baleage with Consideration for Class of Cattle

    • SERA 041 Meeting: Evening
    • Graduate Student Competition, MS/PhD - Afternoon
    • Undergraduate Student Competition - Afternoon

    Monday, February 5

    • Small Ruminant I - Morning
    • Bill Kunkle Symposium: Recent Advances in Replacement Heifer Development - Morning
      • Dr. Dave Lalman (Oklahoma State University): Changes in the US Cowherd and their Implication on Heifer Development
      • Dr. Gary Williams (Texas A&M University): Nutritional Programming of Puberty in Heifers: Developmental, Genomic and Functional Implications
      • Dr. Ryon Walker (Noble Research Institute): Target Prefbreeding Bodyweight and Age in Replacement Heifers- Implications of Environment and Management
      • Dr. Justin Rhinehart (University of Tennessee-Knoxville): Lessons Learned from University Heifer Development Programs
    • Breeding and Genetics/Meats - Afternoon
    • Ruminant Animal Production l - Afternoon
    • Physiology l - Afternoon
    • Teaching and Undergraduate Education - Afternoon
    • Extension l - Afternoon
    • Business Meeting - 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
    • Awards Banquet & Presentations at the Longhorn Salon - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    • Awards Entertainment and Graduate Mixer at the Longhrn Saloon - 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM
    • Small Ruminant Subcommittee of the NAGP

    Tuesday, February 6

    • Extension Breakfast 0 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
    • Extension ll - Morning
    • Small Ruminant Production - Morning
    • Pastures and Forages - Morning
    • Ruminant Animal Production ll - Morning
    • Physiology ll - Morning
    • Graduate Student Lunch - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM


    Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

    Platinum Level Sponsors

    Central Life Sciences

    Gold Level Sponsors

    CJ America

    Silver Level Sponsors


    Future Meeting Locations


    January 26 - 29, 2019 - Oklahoma City, OK

    Enter your search terms below