Texas Beef Quality Producer sessions
October and November; Texas and Oklahoma
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), along with the Texas Beef Council and the Texas Cooperative Extension, is offering free training to producers in Texas and Oklahoma hoping to learn beef quality assurance (BQA) principles and to achieve or renew Texas Beef Quality Producer (TBQP) accreditation.
Producers looking for first-time accreditation can choose from several eight-hour sessions. TBQP hopefuls must complete Level I training, which includes BQA principles, industry updates, marketing strategies, recordkeeping, cattle handling, culling, vaccine and drug use, and more. Level II training will explore requirements needed to receive and maintain full TBQP certification.
Current TBQP participants hoping to maintain certification can attend free update sessions scheduled throughout Texas. Sessions are also scheduled exclusively for veterinarians looking into the TBQP program.
For more information or to make reservations, contact Mark Perrier at 1-800-242-7820, Ext. 118. To view a complete schedule, visit the TSCRA Web site at www.texascattleraisers.org.
MU field days
Oct. 8, 16, Missouri
University of Missouri (MU)-Columbia (MU) has released its 2004 field day schedule. Advancements in crop, livestock, horticultural horticulture and agroforestry research will be on display during the field days scheduled throughout Missouri. For more information and a complete schedule, visit http://aes.missouri.edu/calendar.stm.
R-CALF USA, SDSGA meeting
Oct. 14, Valentine, Neb.
R-CALF USA and the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) will host an area meeting beginning at 7 p.m., at the Peppermill Steakhouse in Valentine, Neb.
Topics will include R-CALFs latest activities regarding country-of-origin labeling and more. The organization invites anyone interested in the cattle industry to attend. The event is free and includes a steak dinner. Visit For more information visit www.southdakotastockgrowers.org or contact Carrie Longwood at (605) 342-0429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2004 Tri-State Hay Show
Oct. 19-21, Moultrie, Ga.
The hay show will allow hay producers to learn about hay quality and compete for recognition among top hay producers in three states. The event includes a forage quality competition and educational seminars during the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie. It is organized by the expo, as well as Extension agents and forage specialists from land-grant universities in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. For more information visit www.georgiaforages.com.
Beef reproduction meeting
Oct. 21, Carthage, Mo.
The University of Missouri (MU) will host the event, where cattlemen can learn the latest research on beef reproduction from 5-8:30 p.m., at Joplin Regional Stockyards in Carthage.
MU faculty and graduate students will present their research results on fixed-time artificial insemination (AI) during this program, with speakers available for questions afterward. Other topics include herd health considerations and recent advances in reproductive technology.
The meeting, with supper included, is free and open to the public. Advance reservation is required. To register or for more information, contact the MU Extension Center in Mount Vernon at (417) 466-3102.
O-K Cattle Conference
Oct. 25-26, Kansas and Oklahoma
The O-K Cattle Conference, sponsored by Kansas State University (K-State) and Oklahoma State University (OSU), will take place from 3-8 p.m. at both sites. The Kansas meeting is scheduled for Oct. 25 in El Dorado at the Butler County Extension office. The Oklahoma meeting is Oct. 26 at the Craig County Extension office in Cowboy Junction, near Vinita. The conference will include information to help small- or large-scale cow-calf producers make key management decisions.
The schedule is the same for both days, so plan to attend only one meeting. The cost is $12, which includes dinner. For more information visit www.oznet.ksu.edu/ansi/currentevents.html or contact Twig Marston (in Kansas) at (785) 532-5428 or email@example.com; or Roy Ball (in Oklahoma) at (918) 256-7569.
Ruminant Nutrition Workshop
Oct. 27, Bardstown, Ky.
The University of Kentucky (UK) Cooperative Extension Service is offering the nutrition workshop to provide up-to-date ruminant nutrition information to veterinarians, consultants, feed mill and sales personnel, county Extension agents and livestock producers. This years event will be from 8:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Nelson County Civic Center Extension Office in Bardstown.
Topics will include ruminant diseases; using forage analysis to balance ruminant diets; vaccine effectiveness and mineral nutrition; and the pros and cons of feeding wet byproducts.
Participants who register and pay on or before Oct. 15 should send a check for $45 made out to Kentucky Ruminant Nutrition Workshop/PDCA to Donna Amaral-Phillips, 414 W.P. Garrigus Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0215. After Oct. 15, the registration fee is $50.
For more information contact Amaral-Phillips at (859) 257-7542.
Beef Producers Seminar
Nov. 4, Maryville, Mo
The University of MissouriMU Extension will present the 2004 Beef Producers Seminar from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Nodaway County Community/Fair Building in Maryville. Seminar topics include animal identification (ID), expected progeny difference (EPD) basics, future outlooks and more. Registration is $10 and includes dinner. For more information contact the Andrew County Extension at (816) 324-3147.
Nov. 4, Stillwater, Okla.
The Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) will host the second annual "Real World" Marketing Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 201 of the FAPC at OSU.
The event will feature industry speakers discussing advertising and brand promotion, retail manufacturers and wholesalers and more. A panel discussion will also be included.
Registration is $95 and includes lunch, refreshments and workshop materials. Registration deadline is Oct. 25. To register contact Lindsay Allen at (405) 744-6071 or firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online form at www.fapc.okstate.edu.
Angus Foundation Reception
Nov. 13, Louisville, Ky.
The Angus Foundation will host its second annual Angus Foundation Reception, themed "Building Upon the Vision," from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Executive West hotel in Louisville.
The reception will take place in conjunction with Angus events surrounding the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). Anyone making a contribution of $250 to the not-for-profit organization during the last three years will receive an invitation to the event, which will feature an auction of the 15th-million registration number. Individuals can still secure their invitation by making a minimal gift of $250 to the Angus Foundation prior to the reception.
For more information contact Milford Jenkins, Foundation director of development, at (816) 383-5100.
Grazing management symposium
Nov. 15-16, Paso Robles, Calif.
A grazing management symposium themed "Strategies for Sustainability" will include educational workshops, a panel discussion and a tour of two working ranches. Presentation topics include riparian area management, economic forecasts for western rangelands, and central coast rangeland management.
For more information visit www.carcd.org/ag_symposium.htm or call (916) 457-7904.