Four-State Beef Conference Slated for January

Stops slated for Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.

Published on: Dec 12, 2005

The 22nd annual 4-State Beef Conference, scheduled Jan. 11-12, 2006, will update cow-calf and stocker producers on current industry topics.

The conference will kick-off on Jan. 11 in Tecumseh, Neb., and then travel to Holton, Kan., in the afternoon. On Jan. 12, it will begin in Savannah, Mo., for the morning session and then move to Lewis, Iowa for the afternoon. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. for the morning sessions and at 3:30 p.m. for the afternoon sessions.

"Producers will have the opportunity to hear information that can have direct implications on management decisions for their operations at this conference," says Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University Research and Extension livestock specialist. "The program features timely topics and expert speakers from the Midwest who can assist in improving producers' profitability."

Topics to be discussed at the conference include the following:

• "Simple Sire Selection – Interpreting EPDs" with Dan Moser, genetic specialist, Kansas State University.

• "Marker-Assisted Selection – Tenderness and Marbling" with Bob Weaber, beef cattle genetics specialist, University of Missouri.

• "Calf Health – Minimizing Losses" with Gerald Stokka DVM, MS, Pfizer Animal Health.

• "Summer Feeding Alternatives for the Cowherd" with Rick Rasby, Extension beef specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The registration fee is $25 per person, which includes a meal and a copy of the conference proceedings and is due by Jan. 6, 2006. For registration or for more information, interested persons can call their local county Extension office or the Jackson County Extension office directly at 785-364-4125.

More information and a conference brochure also is available on the conference Web site at www.extension.iastate.edu/feci/4StBeef/.