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Range Beef Cow Symposium
December 9 - 11, 2003
Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds Events Center, Mitchell, NE

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Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Dec. 9
7 a.m. Registration
Morning Ramrod - Chuck Hibberd, Director, UNL Panhandle Research & Extension Center - Scottsbluff
8:45 a.m. Welcome
9 a.m. New beef products and how they have helped increase demand for beef
Sally Atkins, Nebraska Beef Council, Kearney, NE
9:30 a.m. Traceback, verification and identification on the ranch: Big brother or best buddy?
Jack Whittier, Extension Beef Specialist, CSU
10 a.m. Direct marketing of beef: Pro's and con's, do's and don'ts
C.J. Mucklow, Routt County Ag Extension Educator, CSU
10:30 a.m. Break
11 a.m. How we enhance our natural resources on a working ranch
Mike Kelly, Rancher, Sutherland, NE – 2003 National Winner of NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award
11:30 a.m. When all is said and done, what really matters in cattle reproduction on the ranch?
Gordon Niswender, Reproductive Physiologist, CSU
Noon Lunch
Afternoon Ramrod - Bill Wailes, Interim Dept. Head, Animal Science, CSU
1:30 p.m. How will cattlemen deal with the future?
Marc Vanacht, Ag Business Consultants, St. Louis, MO
2:15 p.m. The economic benefits and potential when using current and future EPDs - Economic Relative Traits
Mark Enns, Geneticist, CSU
2:45 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Beyond EPDs – Marker assisted selection: practical and economical applications
Ronnie Green, National Program Leader, Food Animal Production, USDA
4 p.m. Selecting for carcass marbling and muscle – benefits and pitfalls
Jim Gosey, Beef Specialist, UNL
4:30 p.m. Will electronic grading change the way we produce cattle?
Glen Dolezal, Director of New Technology Applications, EXCEL Corp., Wichita, KS
6 p.m. Optional Prime Rib Dinner
Gering Civic Center
7:30 Bull Pen Sessions
Gering Civic Center
Wednesday, Dec. 10
7 a.m. Registration
Morning Ramrod - Doug Hixon, Head, Dept. of Animal Science, UW
Range and Nutrition
8 a.m. What's happening in Washington, DC, that affects cattlemen?
Tom Osborne, Congressman, Nebraska
8:30 a.m. The journey to recovery of the range after drought
Roger Gates, Extension Range Specialist, SDSU
9 a.m. Use of irrigated pastures and economics of establishment and grazing
Dick Clark, Head of Ag Economics, UNL and Jerry Volesky, Range and Forage Specialist, UNL
9:30 a.m. Strategically feeding protein and energy during wintering and managing cow condition
Don Adams, Beef Nutritionist, UNL
10 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Value and use of by-products in the cow herd
Rick Rasby, Beef Specialist, UNL
11 a.m. Water quality for cattle - effect on performance
Trey Patterson, Extension Beef Specialist, SDSU
11:30 a.m. Minerals supplementation – major and trace: when and what are the economic benefits?
Cody Wright, Extension Beef Specialist, SDSU
Noon Lunch
Afternoon Ramrod - Don Beermann, Head, Dept. of Animal Science, UNL
1:30 p.m. International factors that affect your cattle prices
Wayne Purcell, Agricultural Economist, Virginia Tech
2:15 p.m. Developing replacement heifers: recent research findings on target weights and fat supplementation
Rick Funston, Beef Cattle Reproductive Specialist, UNL
2:45 p.m. Supplementing fat for the cow herd
Brett Hess, Nutritionist, UW
3:15 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Feeding and managing cows on high grain diets
Steve Paisley, Extension Beef Specialist, UW
4:15 p.m. New tools for estrus synchronization – costs and benefits
Doug Zalesky, Manager/Research Scientist, San Juan Basin Research Center, CSU
6 p.m. Optional Roast Beef Dinner
Gering Civic Center
7:30 p.m. Bull Pen Sessions
Gering Civic Center
Thursday, Dec. 11
7 a.m. Registration
Morning Ramrod - Don Boggs, Head, Dept. of Animal Science, SDSU
Animal Health
8 a.m. The latest on Bovine Virus Diarrhea - Type I and II
Bob Mortimer, Clinical Veterinarian, CSU
8:45 a.m. Managing to alleviate calf scours - "Sandhills management system"
Dave Smith, DVM, Extension Veterinarian, UNL
9:30 a.m. Break
Management and Marketing
10 a.m. Early and fence line weaning of calves - producers experience
Kirk Laux, Laux Feedyard, Bridgeport, NE, and Harlow Hill, Maddux Cattle Co., Wauneta, NE
10:30 a.m. The cattle markets - the influences and future prices
Jim Robb, Director, Livestock Marketing Information Center, Lakewood, CO
11:15 a.m. The two best and worst decisions I have made in my operation
Dave Fischbach, Rancher, Faith, SD, and Barry Dunn, Range-Livestock Production Specialist, SDSU

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