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Colorado State University to host Range Beef Cow Symposium

Jason Kosovski

Register for the Range Beef Cow Symposium by Oct. 26 for the discounted rate. staff photo

Next month Colorado State University will host the Range Beef Cow Symposium for the first time since 2007. The event, which occurs every two years, rotates among four universities – CSU, South Dakota State University, the University of Nebraska and the University of Wyoming. This year, CSU's Department of Animal Sciences will hold the event Nov. 17-19 at The Ranch in Loveland, Colo.

Best practices

"This event is a resource for range beef cow producers to learn best practices and to network," said Kevin Pond, head of the CSU Department of Animal Sciences. "We are eager to showcase our faculty expertise as well as to hear from producers and industry leaders on a range of topics, including consumer behavior, the future of the beef industry and animal welfare."

Part of what makes the symposium such a unique and informative event is the broad spectrum of topics covered by speakers. Areas of focus include marketing, beef genetics and herd health/management. Among the event's most popular features are "Bull Pen Sessions," in which attendees and speakers can engage in an informal discussion of topics through lively question-and-answer sessions.

“This event is a resource for range beef cow producers to learn best practices and to network.” Kevin Pond, head of the CSU department of animal sciences

"With the sudden drop in the cattle market, it is more important than ever to implement best practices to maintain profitability," said Lee Leachman, partner at Leachman Cattle of Colorado. "The Range Beef Cow Symposium is the most useful and practical meeting this year. Best of all, attendees will rub shoulders with hundreds of the best ranchers in the high plains."

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Leachman will take part in a symposium panel titled "Cow Feed Efficiency Unknowns, including Utilization of Range Forages."

Wide range of topics

There will be a young producers pre-symposium networking reception that will take place on Nov. 16, and the symposium itself will feature a panel discussion titled "How Can Young People get into the Cattle Business?" Also noteworthy on the symposium program will be a free Beef Quality Assurance certification featuring a live cattle demonstration by stockmanship expert Curt Pate. Throughout the run of the symposium, there will be an on-site trade show which will include displays and booths from more than 75 industry representatives.

"I know that I am looking forward to the presentations from all of our speakers," said Pond. "I can think of few other events featuring such a wide range of topics presented by industry and academic leaders in the range beef cow field."

Registration

There is an early registration (reduced fee) deadline of Oct. 26. For a full schedule of events, online registration and information on speakers and hotel accommodations, visit the Range Beef Cow Symposium website at http://www.rangebeefcow.com, or contact Jason Ahola (970-491-3312; jason.ahola@colostate.edu) or Libby Bigler (970-491-2333; libby.bigler@colostate.edu). The schedule is also printed in this story's sidebar.

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Nov. 17-19, Loveland, Colo.

Monday, Nov. 16 — Pre-symposium events

1 p.m. Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification Workshop, presented by BQA Coordinators for Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado

3 p.m. BQA Certification Workshop — Stockmanship and Stewardship, by Curt Pate, Curt Pate Stockmanship, Montana

5 p.m. BQA Program wrap-up

5:30 p.m. Reception with hors d’oeuvres, hosted by Leachman Cattle of Colorado, Lee Leachman, Wellington, Colo.

6 p.m. Pre-symposium seminar, by Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle of Colorado, Wellington, Colo.

8 p.m. Young Producers’ Professional Networking Social

Tuesday, Nov. 17 — Range Beef Cow Symposium

7 a.m. Registration open

7 a.m. Inspirational breakfast and speaker (TBA) for young producers

8:45 a.m. Welcome by morning ramrod Kevin Pond, head, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science

9 a.m. Marketing: Market outlook, Jim Robb, senior ag economist, Livestock Marketing Information Center, Denver, Colo.

9:30 a.m. Consumers: Why does consumer opinion trump science (animal welfare, GMOs, food animals vs. pets, etc.)? Ronnie Green, Harlan vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

10 a.m. Consumers: No more food fights — preparing for the beef industry’s future, Michele Payn-Knoper, founder, Cause Matters Corp.

10:30 a.m. Break and visit industry booths

11 a.m. Animal Welfare: Animal welfare programs in U.S. cattle production, Lora Wright, beef supply chain manager, Tyson Foods

11:30 a.m. Animal Welfare: Status of animal welfare research on dehorning, castration and branding practices in the beef cattle industry, Jason Ahola, assistant professor of beef management systems, Colorado State University

Noon Lunch and visit industry booths

1:25 p.m. Afternoon ramrod: TBA

1:30 p.m. Consumers: An update on sustainability and the beef industry, Cameron Bruett, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, JBS USA, Greeley, Colo., and current president of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

2 p.m. Reproduction: Challenges with heifer selection — how many should I breed, and what are they worth? Ron Lemenager, beef specialist, Purdue University

2:30 p.m. Reproduction: Producer perspective on using reproductive technologies, Chad Blair, Blair Brothers Angus Ranch, Sturgis, S.D.

3 p.m. Break and visit industry booths

3:30 p.m. Reproduction: Impact of estrus synchronization and artificial insemination on cow herd performance over time, Cliff Lamb, North Florida Research & Education Center, University of Florida

4 p.m. Production Efficiency: Running more cows on less grass, Roberto Eizmendi, manager, Syracuse (Kan.) Cow-calf Facility, Cactus Feeders, Amarillo, Tex.

4:30 p.m. Production Efficiency: Producer Panel: Cow feed efficiency unknowns, including utilization of range forages, Moderator: TBA; Panel members: Trey Patterson, CEO/president, Padlock Ranches, Ranchester, Wy.; Douglas Olsen, Olsen Ranches, Bridgeport, Neb.; Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle of Colorado, Wellington, Colo.

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

6 p.m. Optional dinner (prepaid ticket holders only)

7:30 p.m. Bull Pen Sessions (marketing, consumers/welfare, reproduction, production efficiency) Moderators: Kevin Pond, head, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science; and Jason Ahola, assistant professor of beef management systems, Colorado State University

Wednesday, Nov. 18 — Range Beef Cow Symposium

7:30 a.m. Registration open

7:55 a.m. Welcome by morning ramrod: TBA

8 a.m. Genetics: Application of selection indexes and use of across-breed expected progeny differences, Matt Spangler, beef genetics extension specialist, University of Nebraska

8:30 a.m. Genetics: Crossbreeding strategies, including terminal vs. maternal crossing, Bob Weaber, beef cattle geneticist, Kansas State University

9 a.m. Genetics: How to use commercially available genomic predictions, Michael Gonda, animal geneticist, South Dakota State University

9:30 a.m. Health/Management: High-altitude disease and feedlot and respiratory issues: Are they linked? Joe Neary, Texas Tech University

10 a.m. Break and visit industry booths

10:30 a.m. Health/Management: Managing compromised and weak calves at birth, Frank Garry, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University

11 a.m. Health/Management: What’s the value of low-stress stockmanship from a feedlot’s perspective? Anne Burkholder, Will Feed Inc., Cozad, Neb.

11:30 a.m. Range/Grazing: Impact of long-term weather patterns on grazing, Brian Bledsoe, chief meteorologist, KKTV, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Noon Lunch and visit industry booths

1:25 p.m. Afternoon ramrod: TBA

1:30 p.m. Range/Grazing: Cow supplementation: Getting the best bang for your buck, Ken Olson, beef extension specialist, South Dakota State University

2 p.m. Range/Grazing: Using a cover crop for grazing options, Nancy Peterson, Plum Thicket Farms, Gordon, Neb.

2:30 p.m. Range/Grazing: Effects of grazing on grass, Casey Matney, range specialist, Colorado State University, Sterling

3 p.m. Break and visit industry booths

3:30 p.m. Range/Grazing: Use of stockers on a cow-calf operation to manage grass, Mark Frasier, Frasier Farms, River Bend Ranch, Limon, Colo.

4 p.m. Young producer: The focus my millennial generation needs, Cassie Lapaseotes, Lapaseotes Feedyard, Bridgeport, Neb.

4:30 p.m. Young producer: Young Producer Panel: How can young people get into the cattle business? Moderator: Jason Ahola, Colorado State University; Panel members: Brandon Peterson, Peterson Angus, Alcester, S.D.; TBA, Wyo.

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

6 p.m. Dinner on your own

7:30 p.m. Bull Pen Sessions (genetics, health/management, range/grazing, young producer) Moderators: Kevin Pond, head, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science; and Jason Ahola, assistant professor of beef management systems, Colorado State University

Thursday, Nov. 19 — Range Beef Cow Symposium

7:30 a.m. Registration open

7:55 a.m. Welcome by morning ramrod: TBA

8 a.m. Management: Mentoring and managing employees to ensure husbandry and assure consumer, Bob Budd, executive director, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust

8:30 a.m. Management: Feedlot and carcass data: Making “cents” and making decisions, Julie Walker, extension beef specialist, South Dakota State University

9 a.m. Management: How to manage all types of risk on small- and medium-sized cow-calf operations, Wayne Fahsholtz, Fahsholtz AgWin Group, Dayton, Wyo.

9:30 a.m. Management: Evaluating and valuing cull beef cows, Dale Woerner, meat scientist, Colorado State University

10 a.m. Break and visit industry booths

10:30 a.m. Marketing: Objectively valuing feeder cattle for buyers, Tom Brink, Top Dollar Angus; and Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle of Colorado

11 a.m. Marketing: International aspects of the beef industry: An update on exports and imports, Duane Lenz, general manager, Cattle-Fax, Centennial, Colo.

Noon Adjourn F

–Range Beef Cow Symposium

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