Speakers

  • Brenda Boetel
    professor and department chair, Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Marketing Specialist, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI

    Brenda is an Extension Agricultural Marketing Specialist focusing in the areas of livestock marketing and price analysis. She joined UW-Extension in this new position in the Fall of 2002. In addition to her background in Agricultural and Applied Economics she has an interest in International Development.

    Presentation title: Beef cattle market situation and outlook


  • Amanda Cauffman
    agriculture educator, Grant County, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Lancaster, WI

    Amanda Cauffman grew up on a cow/calf and feedlot operation in southwest Wisconsin. She attended Iowa State University and pursued a Bachelors degree in Animal Science. Upon graduating from Iowa State she went to work for a large seed corn and beef company and is currently working as the UW Extension Grant County Agricultural Educator.

    Presentation title: Spreading the overhead costs in the cow herd


  • Alfredo DiCostanzo
    professor, Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management and Extension Animal Scientist, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

    Education • Postdoctorate, University of Missouri, 1990 • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1989 • M.S., University of Minnesota, 1985 • B.S., ITESM Campus Queretaro, Mexico, 1981 Research Interests • Nutrition and management factors affecting the biologic and economic efficiency of cow-calf and feedlot operations. • Evaluation of alternative feeds and feeding and management strategies to improve economic efficiency. • Determination of nutrient requirements to enhance economic and environmentally sustainable beef production. Outreach • Statewide Coordinator for Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management Programs

    Presentation title: Controlling costs by reducing feed waste


  • Mary Drewnoski
    assistant professor, Animal Science and Beef Systems Specialist, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

    Dr. Mary Drewnoski is a Beef Systems Specialist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to joining UNL, she spent time learning and working in cattle systems in many locations across the U.S. including: Kentucky, North Carolina, Iowa, and Idaho. She is a beef cattle nutritionist and is a part of an interdisciplinary team evaluating Economical Systems for Integrated Crop and Cattle Production.

    Presentation title: Five common grazing mistakes


  • Stephanie Hansen
    associate professor, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Stephanie Hansen is an Associate Professor in Beef Feedlot Nutrition at Iowa State University. She is recognized as an expert in mineral nutrition. She received early career awards from the College of Agriculture in teaching in 2014 and research in 2016, the University award for early career achievement in research in 2016, and the Midwest ASAS award for early achievement in research and the ASAS early career achievement award in 2017. With over 60 peer-reviewed publications and 8.75 million in funding as Co-PI or PI she has established an original and impactful research program for beef cattle. Her research focuses on the influence of micronutrients on beef cattle performance, carcass quality and meat characteristics, improving feed efficiency of beef cattle, and assessment of novel feedstuffs. Strong collaborations and unique applications of techniques to research mineral nutrition have been critical to her success. Graduates of her program are in demand and are serving the industry. Dr. Hansen teaches courses in animal nutrition, ruminant nutrition, and micronutrient metabolism.

    Presentation title: Effects of trace minerals on implant response


  • James Lowe
    associate professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

    Dr. Lowe is an associate professor at the University of Illinois. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2000 graduate of the Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management. Dr. Lowe maintains an active international consulting practice focused on implementing systematic management solutions. His research focuses on understanding and modifying production systems to minimize the impact of disease.

    Presentation title: Driving down the cost of production: Practical approaches in feedlot operations


  • Dan Loy
    Extension feedlot specialist and director, Iowa Beef center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Presentation title: Cowboy math: How to compare various feeds


  • W. Travis Meteer
    beef extension educator, University of Illinois, Baylis, IL

    Travis is a Beef Cattle Educator with University of Illinois Extension. He holds a master's degree in ruminant nutrition and a bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Illinois. He grew up on a family farm that included a diversified livestock operation in central Illinois. He is involved with statewide programming for Illinois beef cattle producers. Programming involves nutrition, genetics, reproduction, grazing, and marketing in the areas of cow-calf, stocker, and feedlot production.

    Presentation title: Outcomes and observations of extended drylot housing of beef cows


  • Dan Schaefer
    professor, Animal Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

    Professor Schaefer is a farm boy from Kewaskum, WI. From 1979 to 1981, he was a faculty member in Animal Science at Purdue University. Since 1981, he has been a faculty member in Animal Sciences at UW-Madison. Dr. Schaefer has taught courses in beef cattle production and rumen microbiology since 1981 and advised many undergraduates and numerous graduate and post-doctoral students. His research interests have been nutritional programs for finishing Holstein steers, dietary vitamin E supplementation to finishing beef cattle for the purpose of extending fresh beef color shelf-life, pasture plant species evaluation for stocker cattle utilization and parasite control in these cattle. Dan Schaefer began his role as Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences in 1999 and continued until 2016. He resumed his full-time teaching and research responsibilities until January 1, 2018, when he became the Director of the Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery program in the Animal Sciences Department.

    Presentation title: Holstein and beef steer performance by self-feeding


  • Denise Schwab
    Extension beef field specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Vinton, IA

    Presentation title: An overview of the Cow Systems project comparing economics, soil and water resources


  • Dan Shike
    associate professor, Animal Science, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

    Dr. Dan Shike obtained his bachelor’s degree in animal science and industry from Kansas State University and received his master’s and doctorate degrees in ruminant nutrition at the University of Illinois. He became an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois in 2011. Shike has a 50/50 appointment in teaching and research. Shike's research focuses on identifying nutritional strategies and management practices that improve efficiency, reproduction, and profitability in beef cow/calf production. He has authored or co-authored 55 refereed publications and has garnered over $8 million in grants. His teaching program focuses on meat animal evaluation and beef cattle production. He is the coordinator for the livestock judging and meat animal evaluation programs and has been invited to judge livestock shows in over 35 states and in Australia. Shike also serves as the advisor for the Hoof and Horn Club.

    Presentation title: Identifying and selecting efficient cattle


  • Burke Teichert

    Burke Teichert was born and raised on a family ranch in western Wyoming and earned a B.S. in ag business from Brigham Young University and M.S. in ag economics from University of Wyoming. His work history includes serving as a university faculty member, cattle reproduction specialist, and manager of seven cattle ranchers for Deseret Land and Cattle. Teichert retired in 2010 as vice president and general manager with AgReserves, Inc., where he was involved in seven major ranch acquisitions in the U.S. and the management of a number of farms and ranches in the U.S. as well as Canada and Argentina. In retirement, he is a consultant and speaker, passing on his expertise in organizing ranches to be very cost-effective and efficient, with minimal labor requirements. His column on strategic planning for the ranch appears monthly in BEEF magazine.

    Presentation title: Keys to profitability in the beef industry
    Presentation title: Managing depreciation
    Presentation title: Value of reproductive efficiency


  • Teresa Wiemerslage
    field specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Ames, IA

    Teresa Wiemerslage is a field specialist specializing in local food systems for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in the northeast quarter of the state. In her current position, she specializes in food system development, food hubs, Farm to School, and on-farm food safety. Raised on a sheep and hog farm in South Dakota, she lives on a fourth generation family farm along the Iowa/Minnesota border where they raise cattle, corn and hay.

    Presentation title: Direct marketing beef in the Driftless Region



The Driftless Region Beef Conference is jointly presented by

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

University of Illinois

University of Wisconsin Extension