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Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
7:00 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. Welcome
9:00 a.m. Policy affecting the cattle industry, U.S. Senator Mike Johanns, Nebraska
9:45 a.m. Public issues, Trent Loos, a sixth-generation U.S. farmer and author of Loos Tales, a multimedia column dedicated to exploring the interesting people and places of rural America
10:30 a.m.


11:00 a.m. Introduction, Ivan Rush, professor emeritus, University of Nebraska
11:15 a.m. How will the cattle industry compete with the crop and ethanol industry, Andrew Gottschalk, senior vice president of R.J. O’Brien & Associates and owner of LLC
Noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. Current inventory — causes and effects, and where are we headed? Jim Robb, ag economist, Livestock Marketing Information Center
2:00 p.m. Calculating your unit cost of production, Aaron Berger, extension educator, University of Nebraska
2:30 p.m. The future structure of beef production: calf-feds, yearlings, stockers, Tom Brink, chief risk officer and senior vice president, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC
3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. What are subtheraputic antibiotics and can we do without them? Mike Apley, production medicine, clinical pharmacology, Kansas State University
4:00 p.m. Weaned calf growing options: How do we economically produce a 1,000-lb. steer for feedlot entry, Terry Klopfenstein, ruminant nutrition, University of Nebraska
4:30 p.m. The cow side of producing a 1,000-lb. feeder: cow size and expenses, Ken Olson, beef specialist, South Dakota State University; Justin Waggoner, beef systems specialist, Kansas State University; John Jaeger, beef systems specialist, Kansas State University
5:00 p.m. Adjourn, return to Gering for supper and Bull Pen Sessions
6:00 p.m. Optional Dinner, Gering Civic Center
7:30 p.m. Bull Pen Sessions, Gering Civic Center
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
7:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Determing who makes land use decisions, land ownership or land control, and what decision options exist, Dave Goeller, assistant director/TAA specialist, University of Nebraska North Central Risk Management Education Center
9:15 a.m.

Land/enterprise and ownership transfer, producer panel:

• Meyring

• Blair

• Marcy

10:00 am. Break
10:30 a.m. Genomics for the rancher: How does it work and what does it mean? Jack Whittier, beef specialist, Colorado State University
11:00 a.m. Implementation of marker-assisted EPDs, Matt Spangler, beef geneticist, University of Nebraska
11:30 a.m. Feed efficiency: How should it be used for the cow herd? Andy Roberts, research scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service
Noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. Importance of steak origin to restaurant customers, Chris Calkins, meat scientist, University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
2:00 p.m. How to capture added value for the calves produced, Troy Marshall, Marshall Cattle Co., Burlington, Colo.
2:30 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Adding value to calves: How to get age- and source-verified and how to capitalize on it, Todd Thrift, associate professor, beef cattle management, University of Florida
3:30 p.m. Cutting through the myths to feed a growing global population, Travis Choat, director of beef technical consulting, Elanco Animal Health
4:00 p.m. Activities and benefits from exporting beef, Paul Clayton, senior vice president, export services, U.S. Meat Export Federation
4:30 p.m. 50 years of beef reproduction through my eyes: past, present and future, George Seidel, distinguished professor, biomedical sciences, Colorado State University
5:00 p.m. Adjourn, return to Gering for supper and Bull Pen Sessions
6:00 p.m. Optional dinner, Gering Civic Center
7:30 p.m. Bull Pen Sessions, Gering Civic Center
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
7:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. How do we achieve proper vaccination immunity? Jerry Stokka, Pfizer Animal Health
8:35 a.m. Labor solutions for ranch operations: How to find and retain quality employees, Harry Knobbe, Knobbe Cattle Co., West Point, Neb.
9:10 a.m. Economic model for multiple land use, John Ritten, agricultural and applied economics, University of Wyoming
9:45 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Optimizing range management for game bird habitat, Ben Geaumont, wildlife biologist, North Dakota State University
10:40 a.m. Planning ahead to save AUMs and the cow herd in times of forage shortage, Jerry Volesky, range and forage specialist, University of Nebraska
11:15 a.m. Market outlook, Cattle-Fax

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