Members of the University of Minnesota Beef Team are gearing up for the 2014 annual Minnesota Cow/Calf Days.
Beginning Feb. 10, they begin their trek across the state to bring the latest information to the state's beef produers.
Minnesota Cow/Calf Days is a one-of-a-kind program, according to organizers. Although other universities in other states have Extension programming that targets cow/calf producers, the Minnesota Cow/Calf Days is the largest program of its kind, taking place at 10 locations throughout the state and attended by more than 550 farmers and ranchers.
Various topics important to cow/calf producers are covered during the two-week tour: Reproduction, nutrition, genetics, herd health, forage and pasture management, and economics.
New in recent years has been the addition of short presentations by such entities as the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Board of Animal Health, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services to update beef producers on new government programs or various other emerging issues.
The 2014 Minnesota Cow/Calf Day program will feature a line-up consisting of all U-M Beef Team members. Producers will have the opportunity to meet new team members Eric Mousel and Nicole Kenney-Rambo.
Here is the complete agenda:
Topics / Speakers
•Use of Public Lands for Grazing – MDA representative
•Cow/Calf Economics: What Defines a Profitable Herd - Eric Mousel, U-M Extension
•Managing Herd Profitability Through Alternative Feeds - Alfredo DiCostanzo, U-M, Dept of Animal Science
•Feeding and Management of Preweaning Calves - Nicole Kenney, U-M Extension
•New Thoughts and Strategies for Heifer Development - Allen Bridges, NCROC
Dates / Locations / Local Coordinators
•Feb 10 (5:30 p.m.)
Kanabec Count Jail Room, Mora
Coordinator: Troy Salzer
•Feb 11 (9:30 a.m.)
Mid Central ROC, Willmar
Coordinator: Nicole Kenney
•Feb 12 (9:30 a.m.)
Minnesota West, Room 127, Pipestone
Coordinator: Mike Boersma
•Feb 13 (5:30 p.m.)
Heintz Center, Rochester
Coordinator: Jake Overgaard
•Feb 14 (9:30 a.m.)
Hilltop Hall, Montgomery
Coordinator: Diane DeWitte
•Feb 18 (9:30 a.m.)
Central Lakes Community College, Staples
Coordinator: Brenda Miller
•Feb 18 (5:30 p.m.)
American Legion, Bagley
Coordinator: Jim Stordahl
•Feb 19 (5:30 p.m.),
Community Center, Lancaster
Coordinator: Nathan Johnson
•Feb 20 (5:30 p.m.)
Springsteel Resort, Warroad
Coordinator: Eric Mousel
•Feb 21 (5:30 p.m.)
NCROC, Grand Rapids
Coordinator: Shantille Kruse
Any questions about Minnesota Cow/Calf Days may be directed to Allen Bridges at email@example.com or 218-327-4490 ext. 2011, or check out the U of M Beef Team website at www.extension.umn.edu/beef.