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Thursday, January 26, 2023

9:00 am Exhibitor setup begins
12:30 pm Registration opens
Afternoon session
1:00 pm Welcome and opening comments
1:15 pm Updating the carbon market landscape - Sarah Sellars, graduate research assistant, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Savoy, IL

Sarah will present the latest information about agricultural carbon markets for livestock and crop farmers. The presentation will give some background about agricultural carbon markets, discuss the economics of carbon markets, and provide some information about current enrollment rates and opportunities.

2:00 pm Building a direct-to-consumer beef business - Lillie Beringer-Crock, Beringer Family Farms, Cascade, IA

With uncertain cattle markets and prices, being in control of the pricing of your product has never been more important! Lillie Beringer-Crock will highlight how she started her Direct-To-Consumer Beef Business in January 2021, how it has grown from then to now, and share some tips/tricks of how you could get started selling direct on your farm.

2:30 pm Cows, covers and no till cropping systems - Jack Smith, fifth generation farmer, Epworth, IA

How returning beef cattle and cover crops to row crop acres can benefit both in a no till system.

3:00 pm Break and visit sponsor displays
3:30 pm Cattle handling and facilities for improved health, production and carcass characteristics - Dr. Dan Thomson, professor, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

We will discuss the principles of cattle handling and introduce the latest facility designs to improve cattle health and production while improving human safety.

4:15 pm Feeding systems into the future - Dr. Dan Loy, University Professor and director, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Feed costs have reached record levels. The cost price squeeze has reached all sectors of the beef cattle industry. This presentation will look at ways to manage increased feed costs.

4:45 pm Changes in animal health regulations – OTC & implant changes in 2023 - Dr. Dan Thomson, professor, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
5:15 pm Afternoon session concludes

Time to check into rooms and visit with sponsors.

Evening session
6:00 pm

Social and visit sponsor displays

Visit with sponsors and browse the displays. A cash bar will be available in the sponsor display area. 

6:30 pm Dinner and round-table discussions
7:30 pm Bull pen discussion - W. Travis Meteer, beef extension educator, University of Illinois, Baylis, IL
8:30 pm Adjourn for the day

Friday, January 27, 2023

Breakfast session
6:45 am Breakfast buffet, exhibits open
7:00 am Checkoff funded research drives value to driftless region producers - Casey Anderson, director of industry relations, Iowa Beef Industry Council, Ames, IA; Tammy Vaasan, executive director, Wisconsin Beef Council
Concurrent session A (select one topic)
7:45 am Drylot cow demonstrations - W. Travis Meteer, beef extension educator, University of Illinois, Baylis, IL
  Turning corn into beef - Dr. Zachary Smith, assistant professor, Animal Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Dr. Smith is wrapping up a multi-state project comparing various forms of corn for cattle feed. He will share the results and discuss the components of corn form for feedlot performance.

Concurrent session B (select one topic)
8:30 am Annual forages to fill the grazing gap - Denise Schwab, extension beef field specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Vinton, IA

Incorporating annual forages into a cattle operation can extend the grazing season and fill the summer slump of perennial cool season pastures. Annual forages are high in feed value, reduce soil erosion, increase soil water infiltration and improve soil health. This breakout session will discuss the advantages, forage potential and economic cost of annual forages for grazing and feed.

  Confinement mobility & mat studies - Dr. Josh McCann, assistant professor, Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
9:15 am Break
Concurrent session C (select one topic)
9:30 am Impacts of poor nutrition during late gestation on the cow-calf system - Colby Redifer, graduate research assistant, Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Nutrient restriction resulted in pregnant females losing body weight and condition during late gestation while calf birth weight is sometimes affected. Even when dams were fed to meet their nutrient requirements during lactation, milk yield and calf growth were reduced by late gestational nutrient restriction.

  Dairy on beef performance and biometrics - Bill Halfman, extension beef outreach specialist, University of Wisconsin Extension, Sparta, WI; Alyssa Seitz, graduate research assistant, Animal Nutrition and Meat Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

This presentation will give an update on research projects at UW investigating the use biometric measurements and 3-D camera imagery at young ages to predict phenotype at market time.

Concurrent session D (select one topic)
10:15 am 7 & 7 Synch: A synchronization option for your herd? - Dr. Jordan Thomas, assistant professor, Animal Sciences and state cow-calf extension specialist, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

The 7 & 7 Synch protocol and similar protocols involving presynchronization afford a greater degree of control over the bovine estrous cycle, offering improved results among cows receiving fixed-time artificial insemination or embryo transfer. The fundamental physiology involved in these presynchronization approaches will be presented, along with results of large- scale field trials evaluating pregnancy results in commercial herds.

  Prevention and control of digital dermatitis in feed yards - Dr. Doerte Doepfer, professor, Food Animal Production Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madision, WI

Using outbreak scenarios and endemically affected feed yards, this presentation will provide stepwise approaches towards prevention and a degree of control of hairy heel warts in large groups of feed yard cattle. Systematic footbathing and record keeping after pen walks allow to keep track of the trends of disease dynamics to tailor preventive measures. Awareness of digital dermatitis risk factors and transmission dynamics will improve the effects of preventive measures.

Closing session
11:00 am 2023 Cattle market outlook - Dr. Derrell Peel, Breedlove Professor of Agribusiness, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Current cattle market situation and outlook for 2023 and beyond.

12:00 pm Conference adjourns

The Driftless Region Beef Conference is presented by

University of Illinois

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

University of Wisconsin Extension