Montana nutrition conference, livestock forum set |

Montana nutrition conference, livestock forum set

Schedule and speakers:

Tuesday, April 28

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Registration opens.

12:30 p.m. – Welcome.

1 p.m. – The U.S. Cattle Cycle and Calf Prices, by MSU economist Gary Brester.

1:50 p.m. – Hay Production Options for Cow-Calf Producers, by MSU Extension Forage Specialist Emily Glunk.

2:40 p.m. – Break.

3:10 p.m. – Obesity During Sheep Pregnancy: Implications for the Following Generations, by Stephen Ford, professor and Rochelle Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Wyoming.

4 p.m. – A Closer Look at Weaning in Beef Cattle, by Joe Stookey, faculty member in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

5 p.m. – Social.

6:30 p.m. – Dinner and program, scholarship presentations. Nevil Speer, vice president of U.S. operations for AgriClear, Inc., will speak on “Food, Consumers and their Influence on Agriculture.”

Wednesday, April 29

7 a.m. – Breakfast, grad student poster judging.

8 a.m. – How to Prepare for the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), by Bruce Hoffman, technical consultant for Elanco Animal Health.

8:30 a.m. – VFD and Feed-Grade Antibiotics Panel Discussion –Bruce Hoffman of Elanco Animal Health and Montana State Veterinarian Marty Zaluski.

9:40 a.m. – Break.

10:10 a.m. – Common Vitamin/Mineral Abnormalities, Effects, and Their Diagnoses in Cattle of Montana, by Jeff Hall, professor in the Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Science Department at Utah State University.

11 a.m. – Replacement Females: Buy or Raise?, by John Gates with Northwest Farm Credit Services.

11:50 a.m. – Presentation of graduate student poster awards.

Noon – Conference wrap-up.

This year’s Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum will be held April 28 and 29 at the GranTree Inn, 1325 N. 7th Ave., in Bozeman.

Speakers at the “Roadmap of Tomorrow” conference will cover a wide variety of topics, including the U.S. cattle cycle and cattle prices, hay production, impacts of maternal nutrition on offspring, weaning stress, veterinary feed directives for feed-grade antibiotics, vitamin/mineral nutrition, and considerations for replacement females in beef cattle herds.

The evening program on April 28 will feature speaker Nevil Speer, vice president of U.S. operations for AgriClear. He will discuss “Food, Consumers and Their Influence on Agriculture.” Two scholarships sponsored by the Montana Feed Association will also be awarded that evening.

The conference is organized by Montana State University Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Rachel Endecott in conjunction with the Montana Feed Association.

Cost to attend both days of the conference is $115. Attendees can register online with a credit card at A conference brochure is available at

–MSU News Service