BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension is providing free transportation to the 2017 Range Beef Cow Symposium held Nov. 28-30 in Cheyenne, Wyoming at Little America (2800 West Lincolnway Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009, 800.445.6945).
"Producers attending can expect to learn from leading experts and producers discussing markets, genetics, drought and mineral management, as well as other current issues," said Julie Walker, Professor & SDSU Extension Beef Specialist.
To register and for complete symposium details visit the Ragen Beef Cow Symposium website.
Deadline to reserve a seat is November 22, 2017. To reserve a seat on the bus, contact Paulette Morse at 605.394.1722. The bus will depart from the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Rapid City, November 27 at noon MDT.
Note: If your hotel reservations are not at Little America, you will be responsible to find transportation from your hotel to the conference.
Greg Hanes with the U.S. Meat Export Federation will address symposium attendees on international beef trade. Jim Robb, Senior Agricultural Economist at the Livestock Marketing Information Center, will share insight into factors affecting the 2018 livestock and feed grain outlook. CattleFax will be sharing tips on managing risk in the beef industry.
Several speakers will focus on the beef end-product. Deb VanOverbeke, Georgo Chiga Endowed Professor, will start this topic off with an overview of the most recent National Beef Quality Audit.
The Culinary Kitchen will provide a meat cutting demonstration.
Cindy Goertz, Wyoming Pure and John Lundeen, National Cattlemen's Beef Association will be part of a consumer demand panel discussion.
The agenda is filled with many more experts including:
Justin Derner at the High Plains Grasslands Research Station, will share some different perspectives on drought management.
Troy Hadrick will share their success through using genetic tools for selection and marketing of beef.
Bob Weaber at Kansas State University and Matt Spangler at University of Nebraska are teaming up to provide insight in genetic selection versus visual appraisal in animal selection.
Craig Bieber will share some of his cattle management when dealing with droughts.
Preregistration for the symposium is available online at the Range Beef Cow Symposium website. Registration prior to Nov. 15, 2017 is available for $120 per person or $60 per student. After Nov. 15, prices increase to $160 and $80 respectively.
Single-day registration passes are available for $50 and increase to $60 after Nov. 15. For individuals wanting to attend only the half-day, hands-on sessions on Nov. 30, registration is $35 prior. After Nov. 15 these registration fees increases to $60.
Evening meal tickets for Nov. 28 and 29 are also offered for an additional fee.