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Workshops Focus on Tips for Cattlemen
Make plans to attend Range Cow Symposium
CME, NCF scholarship program
Correction: Denver Jr. Show at 3 p.m.

Workshops Focus on Tips for Cattlemen

Kansas State University is sponsoring three workshops in early November to help cattle producers successfully manage their beef operations.

Joel DeRouchey, the northeast area livestock specialist for K-State Research and Extension, said the Kansas Beef Extension Nutrition and Management Series will include practical tips and hands-on demonstrations of successful on-farm practices.

Three meetings, each with the same agenda, are scheduled in the following towns:

WASHINGTON – Nov. 4 at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

SALINA – Nov. 5 at the Farmers and Ranchers Livestock Commission Company.

VALLEY FALLS – Nov. 6 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

All three workshops begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the final session at 7 p.m. Interested persons are asked to pay a $10 pre- registration fee by Oct. 28 (the cost is $15 after that date).

This is the second year of this series. It is intended to provide research-based information and ideas for managing successful and profitable beef businesses, according to DeRouchey.

At each site K-State Extension veterinarian Larry Hollis will present talks on "Bioterrorism and Farm Biosecurity" and "Precalving and Calf Health Programs."

DeRouchey will present "Feed Management" and "Site Selection for Feeding Areas;" and Extension animal scientist Dale Blasi will present "Supplementation Programs" and an update on country-of-origin labeling.

For more information or to register, interested persons may contact the local county agricultural extension representative for each workshop. For the meeting in Washington, call Ross Mosteller at 785- 325-2121; in Salina, call Carl Garten at 785-309-5850; and in Oskaloosa/Valley Falls, call David Hallauer at 785-863-2212.

Make plans to attend Range Cow Symposium
Program brochures and motel accommodations are now available for the XVIII Range Beef Cow Symposium set for Dec. 9-11 at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds Events Center in Mitchell, NE. Arguably the best cow-calf production-based meeting in the industry, the meeting is staged cooperatively every two years by beef Extension specialists from Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota and Colorado.

This year's program includes a total of 29 presentations in the areas of beef industry issues, genetics, range and nutrition, reproduction, animal health, and management and marketing. Informal discussion sessions between lecturers and attendees will follow each evening.

Advance registration, which costs $60 and includes the proceedings and lunch for Dec. 9 and 10, ends Nov. 28. After that date, registration is $75. Registration for spouses or employees is $50, or $65 after Nov. 28. Single-day registrations and student registrations are also available.

To request a program brochure, call 308/632-1260 or e-mail sholman1@unl.edu and provide your name and mailing address. To learn more about the meeting, which will be staged just nine miles west of Scottsbluff, NE, go to the University of Nebraska Panhandle Extension and Research Center Web site at: http://www.panhandle.unl.edu/symposium/ . The site lists contact information for participating motels, as well as a map of the area and other helpful background material.

Angus Productions Inc., in cooperationwith Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will be providing real-time coverage of the event.

CME, NCF scholarship program
Deserving college students who intend to pursue careers in the beef industry have a chance to supplement their education thanks to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the National Cattlemen's Foundation (NCF). More than $25,000 in cash scholarships and prizes will be awarded to students in the NCF's 14th annual CME Beef Industry Scholarship Program now underway.

Each of 20 students will be awarded $1,250 in the program, with one student selected to also receive the top prize of an expense paid trip to the 2004 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 28-31, 2004.

For more information, visit http://www.beef.org/documents/Scholarship%20Brochure.pdf

CORRECTION: Denver Junior Heifer Show at 3 p.m.

The time of the National Western Junior Heifer Show in Denver has changed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13. For more information about the National Western you can contact James Fisher, director of activities and junior activities, at jfisher@angus.org.

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