In less than a month, over 5,000 cattle industry participants are expected to embark on Denver for the 2006 Cattle Industry Annual Convention & Trade Show.
Most events will be held at the newly-expanded Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver, from Wednesday, Feb. 1 to Saturday, Feb. 4. The theme for the Convention and Trade Show is â€œCowboy Up!â€
Cattlemen's College, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, leads off the Conventionâ€™s educational offerings on Wednesday morning, Feb. 1. Participants in Cattlemen's College will enjoy breakfast at the Colorado Convention Center before being bused to Denverâ€™s famous National Western Stock Show Complex. A demonstration in low-stress cattle handling will be featured in the morning, including techniques performed on horseback, on foot, and using stock dogs. One-hour afternoon breakout sessions will enable participants to customize a full day of education to their specific needs. Breakout session topics include:
- Chute-side Manners: Hear the latest results from the 2005 Quality Audit and see demonstrations on proper handling and administration of vaccinations and medications.
- Animal ID - Source Verification and Traceability: Learn more about the data collection process of animal ID, and how you can use this information in marketing your cattle.
- Weaning Strategies: Learn from leading veterinarians and cattlemen about weaning considerations, and how to develop a successful weaning plan for your operation.
- Feedlot Performance and Carcass Quality: Beef industry experts discuss the effects of cattle handling and disposition scoring on cattle performance and carcass quality.
- Live Cattle and Feeder Cattle Contracts: USDA and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange provide a video demonstration featuring cattle that meet contract specifications, grading and delivery for live cattle and feeder cattle contracts.
- NRCS Programs â€“ Getting Involved: With programs like EQIP and Conversation Security, it is important that cattlemen learn how to use the Natural Resource Desk Record developed by NCBA as a helpful tool in their application and monitoring process.
Wednesday afternoon will also feature the very popular Cattle-Fax Outlook Seminar, sponsored by Purina Mills, LLC and Pfizer Animal Health. The Outlook Seminar will offer an insightful look ahead at cattle markets, including the impact of rapid herd expansion and the changing cattle cycle. It's free to Cattlemen's CollegeÂ® registrants and to Cattle-Fax members.
The NCBA Trade Show is also a must for cattlemen looking for the latest in products and services. The Trade Show opens with a Wild, Wild West Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 1 and continues through Friday, Feb. 3. The reception is sponsored by Micro Beef Technologies, co-sponsored by Schering-Plough Animal Health, and features music by The Elana Trio. Over 250 exhibitors are expected for this yearâ€™s Trade Show, making it the cattle industryâ€™s largest showcase of products and services.
For more information about the 2006 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, please contact the Convention Department at 303-694-0305 or go online at www.BeefUSA.org/AnnualConvention.aspx.