Producers who attend the Range Beef Cow Symposium on November 17 -19, 2015 at The Ranch, an event center on the Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland, Colorado will have the opportunity to hear leading experts and producers from across the country as they address topics on cattle markets, cattle reproduction, animal health, range management plus many current issues facing cattlemen such as volatility of cattle prices, new technologies and effects on trade.
Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center from Denver, is extremely well versed in cattle markets and factors that influence our markets. Robb has a tremendous ability in taking all the factors that affect our market into consideration as he looks at the potential future market. Perhaps, most importantly, he boils it down into terms that are easy to understand and apply.
Availability of genetic technologies has increased for the commercial operators, hence it is important to understand how this technology can be used to move herds forward. Three genetics specialists, Matt Spangler, Bob Weaber, and Michael Gonda, will be visiting with producers about genetic opportunities that can be utilized within commercial and seedstock herds. Dr. Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Beef Genetics Extension Specialist, will address applications of selection indexes and use of across breed EPDs. Dr. Weaber, Kansas State University Extension Specialist, will discuss crossbreeding strategies with terminal and maternal crossing. Dr. Gonda, South Dakota State University, Associate Professor – Animal Genetics, will cover the topic of how to use commercially available genomic prediction within cowherds.
Source: SDSU Extension