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Beef management meeting
Dec. 2, Junction City, Kan

Kansas State University will host the last of 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 final session will be at JC Livestock Sales in Junction City. Registration for the seminar will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $15 at the door.

For more information contact Chuck Otte at (785) 238-4161.

Beef checkoff referendum
Dec. 7, Kentucky

Producers will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum to increase a possible Kentucky bovine animal checkoff program, with voting from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at all county Cooperative Extension Service offices. Kentucky does not have a checkoff program under current law; however, termination of the national checkoff of $1 per head would initiate an immediate state checkoff of 25¢ per head. In October, the application of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association to increase the state checkoff to $1 per head was approved by the State Board of Agriculture.

Eligible voters include producers and marketers of beef and dairy cattle who are at least 18 years old and live in Kentucky or own a farm in Kentucky. Kentucky residents will vote in the county of residence; non-Kentucky residents should vote in the county where their farm(s) are located. Identification will be required to vote.

For more information on voting and the referendum, contact a county Extension office or Dave Maples at (859) 278-0899 or dmaples@kycattle.org, or Mark Farrow at (502) 564-5126 or mark.farrow@ky.gov.

Ag outlook and policy program
Dec. 7, 14, Ohio

The 2004 Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Outlook and Policy Program will be Dec. 7 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) Fisher Auditorium in Wooster and Dec. 14 in Williamsport. 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 ernst.1@osu.edu. The annual Appalachian Policy and Outlook Program is also scheduled for spring 2005.

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 $130. 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 Cattlemen’s 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.

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.

Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s College
Dec. 11, State College

Sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, the Cattlemen’s 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 state’s 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 jxc16@psu.edu or Dan Kniffen at dkniffen@psu.edu.

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 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.

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.

Beef checkoff referendum
Jan. 12-14, Ohio

Ohio State University Extension county offices will be polling locations for beef producers wishing to vote on a statewide beef checkoff program referendum Jan. 12-14. At stake is a proposal to increase the Ohio beef checkoff from 50¢ per head to $1 per head in the event the national checkoff program ceases. The referendum also includes a proposal to adopt reciprocal agreements between the Ohio Beef Council and other state beef commodity assessment organizations, as well as a recommendation to amend the organizations’ bylaws. Copies of proposed program changes will be available from the Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), and at all polling locations.

Eligible voters include beef producers who have marketed animals in their names within the past year. Ballots must be cast in person at all polling locations. Contact a local Extension office for more information. Contact Bruce Benedict at 1-800-282-1955 with additional voting eligibility questions. Contact OCA for more information regarding the referendum.

Producers wanting to vote by mail may request an absentee ballot by contacting the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 1-800-282-1955 or the OCA at (614) 873-6736. All mail ballots must be postmarked by Jan. 14.

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