The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course is March 24, as part of the pre-educational events for the Central Plains Dairy Expo. It will be held in the Denny Sanford Premier Center at Sioux Falls, S.D.
“The focus of this year’s program is dairy beef carcasses at the farm, processor and consumer end, along with targeting health considerations for maximum performance,” says Iowa State University Extension dairy specialist Fred Hall.
This year’s presenters include Ty Lawrence of West Texas A&M University; Kevin Hueser, senior vice president of beef margin management with Tyson; Bill Munns, head of sales and supply chain with JBS USA; Russ Daly, Extension veterinarian and professor of veterinary medicine at South Dakota State University; and Jan Shearer, professor and Extension veterinarian at ISU.
Feeding, health and breeding
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the program starts at 10 a.m. with Lawrence presenting “Finishing Dairy Cattle for Beef: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Munns is next on the agenda leading a discussion on the commercial science behind purebred Holstein beef, followed by Hueser speaking on dairy cross opportunities.
Lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m., followed by Daly outlining health considerations for dairy beef cattle during the feeding period. Shearer is the final presenter for the day, and he will share information on feedlot cattle lameness and economic impacts. The program will conclude at 3 p.m.
Registration costs $25 per person, which covers the short course, lunch and copy of the proceedings. Preregistration is requested by March 20 and limited to 130 attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register at SDSU Extension or on the I-29 Moo University website.
You also can register by mailing the registration fee to Tracey Erickson at 1910 West Kemp Ave., Watertown, SD 57201. Please include your contact information and any dietary restrictions when mailing in your registration information.
Preregister to reserve your spot
“Note that with a limit of 130 people that can attend, you should preregister now if you plan to attend,” Hall says. “If attendees also plan on going to the Central Plains Dairy Expo welcome reception, they are encouraged to register for that event ahead of time at centralplainsdairy.com/registration.”
The Dairy Beef Short Course, hosted by I-29 Moo University, is a collaboration of Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, North Dakota State and University of Nebraska Extension Services. For more information contact Hall by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or ISU Extension beef specialist Beth Doran by email at email@example.com or phone at 712-737-4230.