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Missouri Beef Tour
Aug. 27, Monroe and Shelby counties
Cattle producers from a three-state region are expected to attend the annual Missouri Beef Tour Aug. 27. According to a University of Missouri (MU) release, tour participants will visit four farms in Monroe and Shelby counties, west of Hannibal. Tour topics will include bull development, cattle-handling facilities, crossbred cows, embryo implants, the Show-Me Select Heifer Replacement Program, artificial insemination (AI), cattle feeding and financing.
The free tour will begin at 1:30 p.m. For more information or tour directions, visit http://agebb.missouri.edu/news.

Texas Beef Quality Producer sessions
Aug. 31; September; October; 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 achieve or renew Texas Beef Quality Producer (TBQP) accreditation.
Producers looking for first-time accreditation can choose from six eight-hour sessions throughout the two states. 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 five free update sessions scheduled throughout Texas. Four 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.

Reproductive strategies conference
Sept. 1-2, North Platte, Neb.
The North Central Region Bovine Reproduction Task Force and a multistate Extension effort will sponsor the conference, titled "Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle," at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte. The conference is meant to improve understanding of estrous cycles and estrus synchronization procedures, as well as male fertility and its affect on AI programs. Early registration deadline is Aug. 16. For more information visit http://westcentral.unl.edu/beefrepro or contact Rick Funston at (308) 532-3611, Ext. 140, or rfunston2@unl.edu.

MU field days
Sept. 2, 8, 10; Oct. 8, 16, Missouri
MU has released its 2004 field day schedule. Advancements in crop, livestock, horticultural 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.

Montana Angus Ass’n Tour
Sept. 8-10, Havre
The tour begins Wednesday at 10 a.m. with a golf tournament at Beaver Creek Golf Course, Havre, followed by registration at the Best Western Great Northern Inn, Havre, and a social. The day culminates in a program and open discussion on selecting and working with a licensed Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) feedlot.
Buses depart at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday for breakfast at the Great Northern Fairgrounds, Havre. The tour will travel to Box Elder and Chinook, with dinner and entertainment provided.
On Friday, buses will depart at 6:30 a.m. The tour will travel from Turner to Malta.
The registration fee is $75 and includes travel and meals. The Best Western Great Northern Inn is the hotel headquarters, and reservations may be made by calling 1-888-530-4100. Make sure to state you are part of the Montana Angus Tour. For a registration form or more information, including a list of ranches on the tour, visit www.mtangus.org or contact Patty Nissen at (406) 357-3534 or mtangustour2004@hotmail.com.

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Annual Convention
Sept. 8-11, Rapid City
The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) will host its annual convention at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City. Committees are expected to meet Thursday to discuss such topics as animal identification (ID), brand inspection, international trade, property rights and more. A general membership meeting will be hosted Friday afternoon, and a golf tournament is scheduled for noon Saturday following a board meeting.
Ken Knuppe, SDSGA president, reports that former Chief Justice Roy Moore is scheduled to address the group, and country music singer Michael Martin Murphy will entertain members and the public.
For more information or to register, contact Carrie Longwood at (605) 342-0429 or carrie.sdsga@midconetwork.com. Visit www.southdakotastockgrowers.org for more information.

Nebraska Angus Ass’n Tour
Sept. 10-11, Norfolk
The tour will begin Friday at 11:30 a.m., with buses departing from the Holiday Inn Express, Norfolk. The first stop will be at Northeast Community College, Norfolk, with displays by multiple Angus herds. A tour of Affiliated Foods, Norfolk, and Weborg Farms Feedlot, Pender, is on the agenda for the afternoon. Dinner will be at the Cuming County Fairgrounds with displays by area Angus breeders.
Saturday will start at 8 a.m., with buses departing the hotel for tour stops at Norfolk, Creighton, Verdigre and Fullerton. Stops will include displays by multiple Nebraska Angus producers. Buses are scheduled to arrive back in Norfolk at 5:30 p.m.
Registration for the tour is $35 and due to Jennifer Svoboda, Nebraska Angus Association secretary/manager, by Sept. 1. The Holiday Inn Express, Norfolk, is the headquarters hotel. Reservations can be made by calling (402) 379-1524, before Sept. 1. Be sure to ask for the Nebraska Angus Association’s tour rate.
For more information go to www.nebraskaangus.org.

NAAB annual convention and technical conference
Sept. 16-17, 17-18, Milwaukee, Wis.
The National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) 58th Annual Convention will be Sept. 16-17, and the 20th Biennial Technical Conference will be Sept. 17-18. The Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Milwaukee will serve as the headquarters for both events. The convention is expected to draw about 200-250 people, and will follow the same scheduling format as the 2002 event. A variety of speakers will present scientific developments and discuss important technical issues in artificial insemination (AI). For registration information contact Mary Derby at NAAB, PO Box 1033, Columbia, MO 65205; (573) 445-4406; or naab-css@naab-css.org.

Young Ag Leadership Conference
Oct. 1-3, Bozeman, Mont.
Six Montana agricultural groups will host the first-ever conference, geared toward individuals 18-40 years of age involved with or concerned about the state’s ag industry. The event will feature hands-on workshops, discussion groups and network development. Topics will include value-added and international marketing, media training, financial planning, ag policy lobbying, and more. The conference will begin 4 p.m. Friday, continuing into a full day of eight workshops on Saturday. Recording artist Ken Overcast is scheduled to provide entertainment.
A $25 registration fee will include conference fees and meals. Registration deadline is Sept. 17. For more information or to register, contact Tiffanie Huson at (406) 581-6545 or tiffanie.huson@usbank.com, or contact Danielle Rau at (406) 582-4109 or danieller@mfbf.org.

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