Nebraska farmers who may be interested in expanding or diversifying their operations are invited to the two-day Nebraska Cattle Confinement Symposium on Dec. 16-17 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
The event will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets are $55 each, but early-bird tickets are available for $35 for those who register before Dec. 1 at cattleconfinement.com.
The symposium is sponsored by the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, Nebraska Cattlemen, Central Confinement Service of Columbus, Neb., and Accu-Steel Inc. of Audubon, Iowa.
Topics to be discussed by producer and supplier experts include facility design and ventilation considerations; financing a new facility; trends in cattle markets; confinements and vet protocols; and managing nutrition in confinement operations.
Two sessions will provide virtual barn tours and producer panel discussions. The symposium will conclude Dec. 17 with the Cattlemen's Lunch, featuring guest speaker Matt Rush. For agenda details, visit cattleconfinement.com.
"Many area farmers are considering diversifying their operations because of the trend in declining row crop income amid surplus foodstuffs, as well as the increasing cost of land ownership," says Will Keech, AFAN director of livestock development.
"Others are looking for ways to strengthen their operations, so younger family members will be able to run the farm into the future. The purpose of this symposium is to provide farmers with key information and insight they need to decide whether to add a cattle confinement component to their operation."