Ag outlook and policy program
Nov. 22-Dec. 14, Ohio
The 2004 Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Outlook and Policy Program will take place at a variety of locations throughout the state. The series of informational meetings will include topics such as grain, dairy and livestock markets, technology highlights, energy policy, and demographics. Registration fees and times vary with each location. For more information visit http://aede.osu.edu/programs/outlook or contact Stan Ernst at (614) 292-6421 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The annual Appalachian Policy and Outlook Program is also scheduled for spring 2005.
Feed, forage and pasture conference
Nov. 30, Wakeeney, Kan.
The conference will take place at the Trego County Fairgrounds in Wakeeney and will help producers evaluate their forage programs and adapt to changing moisture levels. University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist Bruce Anderson is scheduled to discuss a year-round forage program, and a variety of breakout sessions are planned. Topics include possible forage sources, land lease issues, silage production, weed control and total maximum daily loads. The program will begin at 8 a.m., regardless of weather.
Registration for the conference is $18 before Nov. 23, or $35 after the early registration deadline. Fees include meals and conference proceedings. For more information call (785) 462-6281.
Beef management meetings
Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Kansas
Kansas State University is hosting three regional seminars to help cattlemen manage their operations successfully and increase profitability. Stocking rates, pasture production, preconditioning calves, replacement heifer costs, winter feeding costs and production records are among seminar topics. The first area meeting will take place Nov. 30 at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, followed by a Dec. 1 meeting at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie. The final session will be at JC Livestock Sales in Junction City. Registration for all seminars will begin at 6 p.m. at each location, followed by a dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $15 at the door, or $10 if registering by Nov. 23.
For more information or to register, contact Todd Whitney at (785) 243-8185 for the Concordia meeting; Leon Stites at (913) 250-2300 for the Tonganoxie meeting; or Chuck Otte at (785) 238-4161 for the Junction City meeting.
Beef production, marketing workshop
Dec. 7-8, Fort Collins, Colo.
Colorado State University and American Farmland Trust will sponsor the niche beef production and marketing workshop at the Agricultural Research Development and Education Center in Fort Collins during the 4th Annual Taylor Beef Symposium. The workshop is designed to help Colorado beef producers more effectively market their products by improving business, production and market planning. The event will feature guest speakers, panel discussions, a tour and a trade show. Topics include financial planning, risk management, consumer preferences, product pricing, market analysis, and meat handling and packaging.
Registration, which includes a workbook, field trip and meals, is $100 per person if received before Nov. 19, or $130 after the deadline. Single-day and student registration rates are available. Registration will also be available at the workshop. Visit www.ansci.colostate.edu or call Nancy Weiss at (970) 491-7604 for registration materials. Visit http://dare.agsci.colostate.edu/aftnichebeef for more information.
Missouri Cattlemens College
Dec. 10, Osage Beach
The event will take place at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach during the 2004 Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. Topics include sire selection, vaccination, calving difficulty, commercial breeding programs and economic outlooks.
Cattlemens College tuition is $75 in addition to the $15 convention registration fee and includes lunch, a bottle of Dectomax® and a commemorative gift. Current high school and college students may register for the convention free of charge and for the Cattlemens College for $20. The event is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health and coordinated by the Missouri Cattlemens Association and the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture program.
To register, contact the Missouri Cattlemens Association at 1-888-499-9162 or visit www.mocattle.com.
Pennsylvania Cattlemens College
Dec. 11, State College
Sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, the Cattlemens College will take place at the Toftrees Resort and Conference Center in State College. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and presentations are set to begin at 9 a.m. Topics such as management decisions, parasite control, calf scours and animal disease will be featured in presentations throughout the day. Presentations about animal-handling and feeding facilities are also scheduled, and an update on the states premises and animal identification (ID) program will take place.
Registration, which includes lunch and breaks, is $25 per person and due by Dec. 5. Registration after the deadline or at the door cannot guarantee seating or lunch. For more information contact John Comerford at email@example.com or Dan Kniffen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southwest Beef Symposium
Dec. 14-15, Odessa, Texas
The two-day symposium, sponsored by New Mexico State University and Texas A&M University, will feature some leading beef experts at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa. Gary Wilson, co-chairman of the U.S. Animal Identification Plan (USAIP) Cattle Working Group and Ohio Angus producer, will join other industry representatives in discussing ramifications of traceback guidelines and animal ID efforts, the major focus of the event. Grazing systems, nutritional management of grazing cattle, early weaning, feeding costs and beef market outlooks will be among featured topics. A new chute-side fertility procedure and animal ID technology and equipment will be among demonstrations.
Registration, which is available for $25, begins at 9 a.m., and the program starts at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Clay Mathis at (505) 646-8022 or email@example.com. Additional registration information is available at www.cahe.nmsu.edu/ces/ear.
Kansas Hay and Grazing Expo
Dec. 14-15, Hutchinson
The expo will take place at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson and will feature presentations on such forage-related topics as weed and insect control in alfalfa, Bermuda grass management, grass-fed beef, forage for dairy cattle, machinery costs, grazing horses, government cost share for pasture development, forage sampling, pasture irrigation and more. A trade show is also scheduled.
Registration, which includes three meals, all expo materials and presentations, is $70 per person in advance, or $120 at the door. On-site registration will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 14.
The event is sponsored by KFRM 550 Radio, the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Inc., and Kansas State University Research and Extension.
Western Illinois Grazing Conference
Jan. 8, Macomb
The fifth Western Illinois Grazing Conference will take place at the Western Illinois University Union and will focus on integrated grazing systems, featuring presentations from industry representatives on topics such as integrating cow-calf and crop production, stocker grazing, grazing and forage system software, seasonal trends, and more. A panel discussion is also planned. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and presentations will start at 9 a.m. Conference registration, which includes refreshments, lunch and program materials, is $15 per person if made by Dec. 20, or $20 at the door. For more information contact Ken Nimrick at (309) 298-1288 or visit www.wiu.edu/bulltest/grazing.htm.