BROOKINGS, S.D. - Successfully managing cattle in the feedlot will be among the topics covered during the 2018 Northern States Beef Conference scheduled in Watertown for December 12-13, 2018 at the Watertown Event Center (1901 9th Ave SW). The event is co-hosted by SDSU Extension, University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University.
"Feeding more cattle in the South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota offers tremendous potential to add value to commodity feed grain and enhance rural economies," said Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate.
The Northern States Beef Conference has scheduled several speakers to help cattle feeders take advantage of those opportunities.
Strategies to Mitigate Thermal Stress in Feedlot Cattle is the focus of a pre-conference program held the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
"Thermal stress (heat or cold) can be a significant challenge to feeding cattle in the north," Rusche said.
During this program, Terry Mader, Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska, and Industry Consultant, will discuss the results of a three-state feedlot survey on heat stress conducted this summer and address strategies to improve cattle comfort and performance in challenging environmental conditions.
There will be a complimentary beef supper served.
It is not necessary to attend the Northern States Beef Conference to attend the pre-conference program, but organizers do request an RSVP to help with meal planning.
The beef conference will include a series of presentations that will focus on improving cattle health and reducing death loss through developing a good health program.
Russ Daly, Professor, SDSU Extension Veterinarian, State Public Health Veterinarian, will visit about the role vaccines play in the health of young beef cattle.
Grant Dewell, Iowa State University Associate Professor in Beef Production and Extension Beef Veterinarian, will address the maternal immunity.
Gerald Stokka, NDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Specialist and Veterinarian, will focus on a stewardship approach to calf health.
Jim Robb, Director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, will provide his perspective and insight on trends in the cattle and beef markets. His presentation offers a "big picture" view of the status of the U.S. beef marketing that impacts beef producers bottom-line.
There will also be a trade show featuring vendors from across the region.
Information on pre-conference programming, tours and a complete agenda can be found on the registration page on the iGrow events page. Search by event date. To help cover costs, there is a registration fee. Pre-registration is requested by November 30, 2018.
For additional information, contact Walker by email or 605.688.5458; Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist by email or 605.996.7378 or Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate by email or 605.688.5452.