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Beef Producers Seminar
Nov. 4, Maryville, Mo
The University of Missouri 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.

Forage tour
Nov. 6, Minneapolis, Kan.
The forage tour is designed to help producers use forages to stretch the grazing season. The tour, which will include discussions and demonstrations on triticale, turnips, canola, Italian ryegrass, Max Q fescue, cowpeas and more, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Don Koster farm south of Minneapolis. The Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops (KCSAAC), the Central Kansas Extension District 3 and the Kansas Graziers Association will sponsor the tour.

Registration is $10 and is payable at the event. To be guaranteed a lunch, however, participants should contact Mary Howell by Nov. 4 at (785) 363-7306.

Missouri Forage and Grassland Conference
Nov. 8-9, Lake Ozark
The annual conference will take place at the Holiday Inn in Lake Ozark and will feature several beef topics, including factors affecting profitability in cow-calf operations, pasture irrigation, forage developments, wildlife and more. New forage varieties and technologies — such as Roundup Ready® alfalfa, novel endophyte fescue and new Bermudagrass varieties — will be discussed. An awards banquet will honor graziers on Nov. 8, and the conference will feature a trade show.

Registration is $85 for individuals and $130 for couples, or $65 and $110, respectively, for Missouri Forage and Grassland Council members. Contact Joetta Roberts at (573) 499-0886 or mfgc@mchsi.com for registration information. A block of rooms, at $58 plus tax per room, has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Sunspree. Call 1-800-532-3575 for reservations.

Angus Foundation Reception
Nov. 13, Louisville, Ky.
The Angus Foundation will host its second annual Angus Foundation Reception, themed "Building Upon the Vision," from 6-7:30 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 registration No. 15,000,000. Individuals can still secure their invitations 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.

American Angus Association Annual Meeting, events
Nov. 13-16, Louisville, Ky.
American Angus Association members and Angus enthusiasts will meet Nov. 13-16 for Angus events surrounding the NAILE in Louisville. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday; and from 7-10 a.m., Monday, all at the Executive West hotel in Louisville. Delegates and Angus guests can pick up their name badges, show passes and banquet tickets at the registration desk. The Auxiliary will have its annual breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, and a breeders’ informational forum will take place at 1 p.m. in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC). An open meeting for Association Board candidates and delegates will follow. On Monday, the 121st Annual Meeting of Delegates will begin at 2 p.m. in the KFEC.

For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.angus.org or call (816) 383-5100. Angus Productions Inc. (API) will provide online coverage of the event at www.angusjournal.com/louisville.

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.

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.

2004 Cattlemen’s College
Dec. 10, Osage Beach, Mo.
The event will take place at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage City during the 2004 Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. Topics include sire selection, vaccination, calving difficulty, commercial breeding programs and economic outlooks.
Cattlemen’s 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 Cattlemen’s College for $20. The event is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health and coordinated by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture program.
To register, contact the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association at 1-888-499-9162 or visit www.mocattle.com.

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 identification (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 cpmathis@nmsu.edu. 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.

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