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2011 Range Beef Cow Symposium speaker lineup

David Ostdiek, Panhandle Research and Extension Center

The agenda for the Range Beef Cow Symposium features a posse of university and industry experts ready to talk about some of the key issues facing cattle producers.

The Range Beef Cow Symposium XXII is scheduled for Nov. 29- Dec. 1 at the Mitchell Events Center at the Scotts Bluff County (NE) Fairgrounds. The Gering Civic Center will be the site for evening “Bullpen” sessions on the first two days.

The symposium is expected to attract hundreds of cattle producers and industry people from Nebraska and surrounding states. This year’s event will be mark the symposium’s return to western Nebraska after eight years in fellow host states: Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.

The biannual event is sponsored by Extension programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Colorado State University, the University of Wyoming, and South Dakota State University. The event rotates among the four states. The previous site was Casper, WY, in 2009. Western Nebraska last hosted it in 2003.

Registration can be completed online at http://www.rangebeefcow.com. Brochures and registration forms also are available at Scotts Bluff County Extension, 308-632-1480. More information is available from Karla Jenkins at 308-632-1245.

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at several area motels. Lodging reservations must be made by Nov. 14 to guarantee availability and symposium rates.

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The event’s first speaker comes from the top level of federal ag policy in Washington. U.S. Senator and former ag secretary Mike Johanns (R-NE) will address the group about policy affecting the U.S. cattle industry. Johanns is expected to speak via distance technology from his office at Washington.

Another big issue is ethanol production, which competes with the cattle industry for corn but also supplies it with feedstuffs from ethanol production byproducts. Andy Gottschalk of HedgersEdge.Com LLC will speak on the topic Tuesday morning as well.

Other topics will include generational transfer and land ownership issues, finding and retaining employees, adding value with source-verification, preconditioning, and other traits that buyers desire; and calculating unit cost of production. The agenda will also include traditional issues such as nutrition, reproduction, genetics, and range management.

The first two days will end with evening “Bullpen” sessions, in which speakers from daytime sessions are featured in panels. Conference attendees can ask specific questions on topics the speakers may have covered earlier in the day.

The symposium will be a tremendous opportunity for western Nebraska feedlot operators to showcase their operations, said Dr. Karla Jenkins, cow-calf and range management specialist at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center. She’s encouraging area feedlots to join the other vendors at the symposium. It’s an opportunity to acquaint producers from a large geographic area with area feedlots. The symposium is an excellent opportunity to build relationships with producers, Jenkins said.

The agenda for the Range Beef Cow Symposium features a posse of university and industry experts ready to talk about some of the key issues facing cattle producers.

The Range Beef Cow Symposium XXII is scheduled for Nov. 29- Dec. 1 at the Mitchell Events Center at the Scotts Bluff County (NE) Fairgrounds. The Gering Civic Center will be the site for evening “Bullpen” sessions on the first two days.

The symposium is expected to attract hundreds of cattle producers and industry people from Nebraska and surrounding states. This year’s event will be mark the symposium’s return to western Nebraska after eight years in fellow host states: Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.

The biannual event is sponsored by Extension programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Colorado State University, the University of Wyoming, and South Dakota State University. The event rotates among the four states. The previous site was Casper, WY, in 2009. Western Nebraska last hosted it in 2003.

Registration can be completed online at http://www.rangebeefcow.com. Brochures and registration forms also are available at Scotts Bluff County Extension, 308-632-1480. More information is available from Karla Jenkins at 308-632-1245.

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at several area motels. Lodging reservations must be made by Nov. 14 to guarantee availability and symposium rates.

The event’s first speaker comes from the top level of federal ag policy in Washington. U.S. Senator and former ag secretary Mike Johanns (R-NE) will address the group about policy affecting the U.S. cattle industry. Johanns is expected to speak via distance technology from his office at Washington.

Another big issue is ethanol production, which competes with the cattle industry for corn but also supplies it with feedstuffs from ethanol production byproducts. Andy Gottschalk of HedgersEdge.Com LLC will speak on the topic Tuesday morning as well.

Other topics will include generational transfer and land ownership issues, finding and retaining employees, adding value with source-verification, preconditioning, and other traits that buyers desire; and calculating unit cost of production. The agenda will also include traditional issues such as nutrition, reproduction, genetics, and range management.

The first two days will end with evening “Bullpen” sessions, in which speakers from daytime sessions are featured in panels. Conference attendees can ask specific questions on topics the speakers may have covered earlier in the day.

The symposium will be a tremendous opportunity for western Nebraska feedlot operators to showcase their operations, said Dr. Karla Jenkins, cow-calf and range management specialist at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center. She’s encouraging area feedlots to join the other vendors at the symposium. It’s an opportunity to acquaint producers from a large geographic area with area feedlots. The symposium is an excellent opportunity to build relationships with producers, Jenkins said.

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