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Regional Angus Association sale to incorporate electronic ID

The Great Meadows Angus Association (GMAA) will be the first to incorporate the Animal ID Program through the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association and the Kentucky Beef Network. The ID program places electronic chips in the ears of livestock that can be used to track the animal from birth to slaughter.

Consignors to GMAA’s 22nd Annual Sale have worked with John Stevenson and area facilitators of the Kentucky Beef Network to implement the ID program.

"While the ID program isn’t a federal mandate yet, we feel it will become that way and we want to be on the forefront of this technological advance, mostly to show other producers that it is a valuable program and one that is easy to implement," said David Brown, GMAA secretary/treasurer.

Attendees at the sale on April 24 will get a demonstration of how the tags and scanners work. The sale will be held at Anderson Circle Farms, Harrodsburg, KY. For more information about the ID program or sale contact Brown at (270) 529-9186.

CSU Beef University May 19-21

The Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University with support from the Colorado Beef Council, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and Colorado Livestock Association will be sponsoring Beef University May 19-21, 2004. Participants in the workshop will test their live animal evaluation skills, explore cattle marketing options, hear updates on new technologies and industry trends and follow a set of six fed-cattle through harvesting and fabrication. The highlight of this three day program comes as participants are grouped into teams that compete for prizes as they make management and purchasing decisions, and showcase their beef evaluation and carcass fabrication skills.

Registration is $100/person which includes all meals and transportation during the event. Deadline for registration is: May 1, 2004. Contact John Scanga at (970)-491-6244 for more event information and lodging details. Click here to register online. For a complete schedule click here.

Plan to attend Beef ID Academy

The KSU Beef ID Academy is an intense educational program designed to provide attendees with an in-depth perspective of radio frequency technology and its use in the proposed United States Animal Identification Plan (USAIP).

The 2-day event will allow attendees to learn specifically about issues surrounding automatic identification and converting the captured data into useable information in a series of lectures as well as a hands-on laboratory.

Four sessions are scheduled for this summer, including June 2-3, June 14-15, July 19-20 and August 2-3. The registration fee is $500 per participant. For more information visit www.beefacademy.com or contact Dale Blasi at dblasi@oznet.ksu.edu

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