Tri-State Cow-Calf Symposium Includes Colorado

Kansas, Nebraska join for revolving beef session.

Published on: Dec 31, 2012

"Successfully Managing the Cow Herd in the Course of the Drought" is the name of the every-other-year Tri-State Cow-Calf Symposium and Trade Show set for Jan. 8 in McCook, Neb.

The event is held in each of the involved states – Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska – in successive sessions.

Registration is set to start at 8:30 a.m. Central Time with opening remarks beginning at 9 a.m. and the program ending at 4:30 p.m. at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds Community Building in McCook.

The event is held in conjunction with a trade show featuring regional vendors. Attendees will have time throughout the day to visit displays.

The event is organized by the Colorado State University, Kansas State  University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension services.

A tri-state beef symposium is set for Nebraska in January.
A tri-state beef symposium is set for Nebraska in January.

The program will open with remarks by the new UNL Extension Dean and Director, Chuck HIbberd, discussing his plans for the Extension.

Keynote speaker James Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center in Denver, Colo., will offer an economic update on the drought impact on the cattle industry in the region, and provide a current market situation report for the 2013.

"Three concurrent educational sessions will be available throughout the day as well, and participants will have the opportunity to pick and choose which topics they want to attend," explains Brian Strauch, UNL Extension educator.

Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef nutritionist, will probe Beef Cow Nutritional Implications During and Following Drought; Rick Rasby, Extension beef specialist, will discuss Feeding and Grazing Cornstalks and Alternative Rations During Drought, and Richard Randle, UNL Extension beef cattle veterinarian, will review the recent decline in conception rates and offer preliminary results from a UNL survey.

Topics of the concurrent sessions are:

Good Beef Production Practices
Beef Cow Genetics Advances
Economic Implications of Herd Management Decisions during Drought

Registration is required by Jan. 2. For more information and to register, contact the McCook Extension office at (877) 674-6047, or e-mail Strauch at