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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2015 Tri-State Cow/Calf Symposium 
Strategies for Success



By Chris Shelley, CSU Extension Livestock Agent 

Start the New Year off on the right foot by planning to attend the 2015 Tri-State Cow/Calf Symposium. Strategies for Success will be the focus of the symposium, which is to be held in Yuma Colorado on January 7, 2015. This meeting is a collaboration between Colorado State University, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The event is only held every other year but is designed to provide timely resources for beef producers.

Registration and a chance to view the exhibitors will start at 9:00 a.m. MST at the Yuma County Fairgrounds. The program will then begin at 10:00 a.m. and proceed until 3:30 p.m. Those in attendance will also have other opportunities to visit the exhibitors during the meeting.

The meeting will commence with a presentation about “Rainfall Predictions and Forage Production” by KSU Research and Extension Range Scientist, Dr. Keith Harmoney. Following his remarks will be Dr. Jason Ahola, Beef Production Systems Associate Professor from CSU, with “Assuring consumers about animal welfare – the beef industry’s response”. The morning session will conclude with information on “Avoiding Cattle Theft” by Yuma County Sheriff’s Deputy, CJ Fell.

The afternoon will pick up with more research-based information from university specialists. Marshall Frasier, CSU Agricultural and Resource Economics Professor, will address the topic of “Money Management and Taxes”. UNL Feedlot Production Management Veterinarian and Professor, Dr. Dee Griffin, will update attendees on the “Veterinary Feed Directive”. To conclude the meeting, “Economics of Rebuilding the Cowherd” will be discussed by Randy Saner, UNL Extension Educator.

The registration cost is $25 per person, $40 for couples, and $10 for students if registration is completed on or before January 2, 2015. Coffee, doughnuts, lunch, and a proceedings booklet will all be included with the registration fee. Booth spaces are available as well.

To register or learn more about the meeting contact Chris Shelley, CSU livestock agent, at 970-332-4151 or visit CSU Extension’s Golden Plains Area website at goldenplains.colostate.edu to register online.

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