UI Extension to Offer Southern Illinois Beef Day Conference

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Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

July 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Location: Applied Science Center at Rend Lake College, Ina, IL

Phone: 618-695-4917

Email: tsteckle@illinois.edu

Link: http://www.web.extension.illinois.edu/dsac/

Event Description

The conference is designed to be useful for cow/calf and stocker/backgrounding producers of all knowledge levels. Topics covered at the conference include information on antibiotic use, adaptive high stock density grazing, new research on causes of infertility in cattle, marketing cattle, and practices to enhance grazing management.
The morning session will begin with the keynote speaker, Dr. James Pettigrew, animal scientist from the University of Illinois. Dr. Pettigrew will address concerns about the FDA decision on antibiotic use and it potential effects on the cattle industry. The morning session will conclude with Mr. Warren King, project manager of the Pasture Project. Mr. King will speak on the financial and forage production benefits of adaptive high stock density grazing.
Following lunch, producers will have the opportunity to attend two of three presentations. Dr. Teresa Steckler, Extension specialist with the University of Illinois, will discuss the latest research on causes of reduced fertility in cattle. Mr. Glen Gordon, Jr., with United Producers, Inc., will discuss marketing of cattle from the perspective of a buyer. The third topic, essential practices for optimal grazing management will be presented by Mr. Roger Staff, NRCS Grassland/Grazing Specialist.

The registration fee for the conference is $15 per person for registrations received by July 11, or pay $20 per person at the door. The fee includes a light morning and afternoon refreshments, a noon meal, and conference materials. Lunch is not guaranteed for late and on-site registration. More information and registration forms are available by contacting Teresa Steckler by phone or email, or register on-line.
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