The annual Three-State Beef Conference is Jan. 14-16, with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The Iowa session will be Jan. 14 at the Warren Cultural Center at 154 Public Square in Greenfield in southwest Iowa.
Sessions in Missouri and Nebraska follow on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16, respectively. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy says the program offers area beef producers the opportunity to visit with a forum of specialists focusing on improving profitability through breeding management decisions.
“While it may seem pretty far down the road, it is not too early to start planning for next breeding season,” Lundy says. “Advanced preparation can help you set your cows up for reproductive success.”
Chris Clark, ISU Extension beef specialist in southwest Iowa, says conference topics and speakers were specifically selected to focus on areas of importance to producers. “Every year the planning committee strives to select valuable topics and quality speakers to make the program helpful for producers,” Clark notes. “This year the focus will be on breeding management including the importance of nutrition relative to reproductive success, as well as the value and effects of various available technologies.”
The presentations and speakers follow:
Pre-calving Nutritional Strategies: Am I Staying Ahead or Getting Behind?, Travis Mulliniks, range cow nutritionist, University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Vaccines and Implants: Effects on Production and Reproduction, Craig Payne, veterinarian, University of Missouri Extension
Reproductive Performance: Are You Leaving Money on the Table?, Jordan Thomas, beef reproduction specialist, University of Missouri Extension
Registration will open at 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 6 p.m. Registration is $25 per person and includes the evening meal and copy of the proceedings. Preregistrations are appreciated by Jan. 10 to help with meal planning and cost reductions.
The conference brochure has agenda information and a registration form. RSVP by either calling the ISU Extension Adair County office at 641-743-8412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Adair County Cattlemen are a local sponsor for this event.