Program and schedule
Speakers and topics listed below are currently scheduled to appear. The planning committee reserves the right to make program adjustments based on speaker availability.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
|12:30 pm||Registration and check-in|
|1:00||Welcome, introductions and recognition of sponsors|
General Session - Efficiency in Producing Beef
Selection for Improved Feed Efficiency - Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Beef Cow Herd Efficiency - Amy Radunz, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
|4:00||Overview of Feed Efficiency Project - Dan Loy, Iowa State University
The National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle is a multiyear USDA funded project to develop selection tools and better understanding of feed efficiency in beef production.
Alternative Feedstuffs and Changing Co-Products - Dan Shike and Tara Felix, University of Illinois
|6:00||Social time, refreshments, meet the sponsors|
Give it to me Straight Before I Get Cross: Crossbreeding vs Straightbreeding - Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln with panelists: Brian McCulloh, Woodhill Angus and Dale Green, Spring Valley Farms
Friday, February 1, 2013
|6:30 am||Continental breakfast|
|7:30||Breakout session 1 (select one)|
|1) Replacement Female Strategies - G. Allen Bridges, University of Minnesota
Heifer selection, development, and breeding success dictate the future composition and productivity of the cow herd. We will discuss how to do it correctly to improve production efficiency and profits.
|2) Marketing Options for Holstein Steers -Jon Hansen, JBS USA
This presentation will give an overview of different contract options and what type of steers meet the contract specifications.
|8:30||Breakout session 2 (select one)|
|1) Current Topics in Beef Pasture Management - Rhonda Gildersleeve, University of Wisconsin
Pasture and grazing management outlook following the drought of 2012 and recommendations for managing your pasture resources for efficient and profitable beef production in an era of high grain costs.
|2) Manure in Deep Bedded Finishing Buildings - Dan Huyser, Iowa State University
Manure in deep bedded finishing buildings needs to be looked at as an asset. A little management can help maximize its benefits.
|9:45||Breakout session 3 (select one)|
|1) Winter Cow Feeding Strategies - W. Travis Meteer, University of Illinois
Travis Meteer will present proven strategies to economically winter the cowherd. With high feed prices, feed costs can result in more than 60% of a producer’s total costs. He will provide insight to feeding strategies that can help combat high feed and hay prices.
|2) Comparison of Finishing Housing Systems - Dan Loy, Iowa State University
Confined cattle housing systems including deep bedded facilities have become increasingly popular in the Upper Midwest. Expected performance differences and management considerations will be discussed for different feedlot housing systems in this breakout session.
|10:45||Cattle Market Outlook: 2013 and Beyond - Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University
Dr. Peel will include a look at major factors affecting cattle markets in 2013: a discussion of producer marketing and management considerations; and a look longer term at structural changes in the industry and the implication of those changes.
|11:45||Closing comments and conference adjourns|