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Improving profitability is priority of upcoming Three-State Beef Conference.

January 9, 2018

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TUNE-UP TIME: Knowing your cost of production not only helps with managing financial risk, but also provides an opportunity to make changes in managing your cow-calf herd to improve the bottom line.

Area beef producers should make plans to attend the Three-State Beef Conference Jan. 16-18 with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The 2018 version of this annual conference offers opportunities for producers to visit with experts on cow-calf profit and loss and calculating breakevens. Also discussed will be alternative cow-calf production systems and using reproductive management and technologies to improve profitability.

When it comes to profit and loss in the cow-calf operation, knowing your cost of production not only helps with managing financial risk, but also provides an opportunity to make changes to improve the bottom line. Shane Ellis, farm management specialist with Iowa State University Extension, will address this topic on cow-calf breakevens.

Opportunities, challenges with alternative systems
Also on the program is Erika Lundy, ISU Extension beef program specialist with the Iowa Beef Center. Lack of available and affordable pasture has contributed to the growing interest in confinement systems and other alternative production systems. She will talk about opportunities and challenges with some of the alternative systems, and share data from cooperator herds.

Beef cattle reproductive technologies have advanced rapidly and provide producers with incredible opportunities for genetic improvement, among other benefits. Sandy Johnson, Extension livestock specialist with Kansas State University, will share how those technologies can be used to increase calf value and increase profitability of the cow herd.

Conference set for Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska
The conference is a traveling program, repeated three times in three different locations. At each site, registration will open at 5:30 p.m., and the program will start at 6 p.m. The registration fee is $25 per person and includes a meal and copy of the presentations. Preregister by Jan. 12 to help with meal planning and reducing costs.

The first session of the conference is the Iowa location at Creston at Southwestern Community College on Jan. 16. To register for this session, contact the ISU Extension office in Union County at 641-782-8426 or [email protected].

The second session is Jan. 17 in Albany, Mo., at the MU Hundley-Whaley Learning Discovery Center. Contact MU Extension in Gentry County at 660-726-5610 or [email protected]. The third session is Jan. 18 in Nebraska at the Gage County Nebraska Extension Center in Beatrice. Registrations can be directed to Nebraska Extension in Gage County at 402-223-1384 or [email protected].

The conference brochure has agenda information and a registration form. For more information contact your state university’s local Extension office or visit the conference website at

Source: ISU Extension

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