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Here’s the Nebraska beef meeting roundup

Curt Arens Cows in pasture
HERE’S THE BEEF: Multiple meetings coming up in November and into the first part of December are geared to help beef producers be more profitable.
Several groups are planning workshops, symposiums and conferences.

If you are looking for late-fall programming to improve your cattle operation, November might be one of the best months to dig into challenges and opportunities in your farm and ranch through Extension and other agencies and organizations.

We’ve compiled an extensive, although incomplete, listing of some of the major beef meetings coming up shortly:

New cover crop grazing conference, Nov. 16, ENREEC, Mead. The inaugural Nebraska Extension Cover Crop Grazing Conference is set for Nov. 16 at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead. 

The conference kicks off with registration, refreshments and a trade show at the August N. Christenson Building. Educational programs are from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include a producer panel session, small-group discussion and a live field demonstration. 

Featured presentations include "Early and Late Season Grazing of Cover Crops" with Nebraska Extension beef systems specialist Mary Drewnoski, and "2022 Cash Rent and Flex Lease Arrangements" presented by Nebraska Extension economist Jim Jansen.  

This new expo will help first-time or experienced farmers looking to fine-tune their cover crop grazing management using cover crops as an alternative forage source. Speakers and panelists will address important issues for Nebraska farmers and ranchers and provide one-on-one discussion with local, private industry exhibitors and sponsors.

Register by Nov. 12 at Agenda, details, and map and directions also are available at this website. 

A $10 registration fee is payable via cash or check at the conference. When paying by check, make payable to University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For details, contact Connor Biehler at [email protected] or 402-624-8007.

Range Beef Cow Symposium, Nov. 16-17, The Monument, Rapid City, S.D. The Range Beef Cow Symposium will be Nov. 16-17 at The Monument in Rapid City, S.D. RBCS has been held every other year since 1969 and is hosted by South Dakota State University, Colorado State University, the University of Wyoming and University of Nebraska beef cattle Extension.

RBCS is a great place not only to hear the latest updates on topics of interest to the beef industry, but also to network with producers, industry leaders and the vendors who make it happen.

This year, the symposium will feature talks on market outlook, factors affecting the market, research updates on animal health, tips for bull buying, income diversification, the latest in technology and more.

The ever-popular bull-pen session will be held the afternoon of Nov. 16, and is a time where topics presented that day can be discussed in detail with the presenters. Breakout sessions have become popular in the past two symposiums and allow a time for demonstrations and more hands-on type topics, providing a bit of a break from traditional presentations.

The vendors have always made this symposium possible and affordable for producers. Many vendors selling products and services will be available to visit with conference participants. There will be a wide range of industry professionals there to visit with producers about animal health products, feed, equipment, genetics, finances, products and more.

The agenda and registration information are listed at Questions can be directed to [email protected] or [email protected].

Cattle risk management workshop, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Bunkhouse Bar & Grill, Arthur. Nebraska Extension will host a risk management workshop for cattle producers from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Bunkhouse Bar & Grill, 306 Fir St. in Arthur. Cattle producers will learn strategies designed to reduce risk exposure to achieve a profitable outcome in uncertain times.

Issues facing the cattle industry will be discussed to help producers make more informed decisions. Topics will include managing drought risk with PRF insurance, managing price risk and strategies to achieve better profitability.

Specific marketing tools covered during the workshop to manage price risk will include futures and options as well as Livestock Risk Protection insurance. Participants will be guided through a case study to better understand strategies discussed during the workshop. 

The workshop is free and a meal will be provided, but registration is required one day before the start of the workshop to ensure an accurate meal count. For more information, and to register by Nov. 16, call Randy Saner at 308-532-2683.

Nebraska Beef Summit, Nov. 18, Holiday Inn Conference Center, Kearney. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s animal science department is set to host the Nebraska Beef Summit on Nov. 18, featuring speakers from across the U.S. covering topics crucial to the state’s No. 1 industry.  

In partnership with Nebraska Cattlemen, senior students in the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars minor continue the tradition of planning the program’s speakers and topics — a great learning opportunity for future beef industry leaders.  

"The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars program is the most unique educational experience that exists in our university landscape for those students that are passionate about the beef industry,” said Kacie McCarthy, beef cow-calf specialist with Nebraska’s animal science department.  

“Program graduates are well equipped with critical-thinking and communication skills, as well as in-depth subject matter knowledge that will make them leaders within their chosen field of endeavor. This program is critical to the future of the beef industry." 

The seminar will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. A variety of topics will be discussed at this year's event including: 

  • Maximizing Traceability Programs. Jill Ginn, 44 Farms of Cameron, Texas 
  • International Markets and Trade. Jessica Spreitzer, U.S. Meat Export Federation 
  • Adding Value to Nebraska Beef. Greg Ibach, Under Secretary in Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Trey Wasserburger, rancher and owner of TD Angus of North Platte 
  • Regenerative Ranching. Dale Strickler, agronomist and author 
  • Foreign Labor Programs. Jose Valles, production animal consultation 

Register online by Nov. 11 at The event will be at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Kearney. Lunch will be catered on-site and is included in the $50 registration fee. 

Nebraska Cattlemen Convention/Trade Show, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Younes Conference Center, Kearney. The Nebraska Cattlemen and Nebraska Extension are bringing a Cattlemen’s College to the Nebraska Cattlemen convention Nov. 30 at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. This afternoon of learning opportunities is just one aspect of the NC annual convention, held this year from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

Other highlights include a Young Cattlemen’s Roundtable, policy committee meetings, annual awards banquet, market outlook breakfast, the annual business meeting, as well as an extensive trade show. Learn more about how to register at

Source: IANR News, Nebraska Cattlemen and UNL, which are solely responsible for the information provided and are wholly owned by the sources. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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