The program at the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention in Wichita will provide information about how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will affect the use of antibiotics at the producer level, what ranchers and organizations can do to support the industry’s new long-range plan and how congressional inaction on mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) will negatively impact beef exports. Other program highlights for the meeting, December 2-4, will include a cattle and beef market outlook and an inspirational presentation from a well-known military hero.
Retired Army First Sgt. Matt Eversmann, who was immortalized in the epic movie “Black Hawk Down,” will headline the Wednesday evening banquet. He was part of a group of elite U.S. soldiers who were outnumbered and surrounded for 18 hours in the most hostile district of Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993. As a survivor of the mission, Eversmann will focus on attributes that brought him home alive and how those same qualities can lead to success in business and in life. His appearance, courtesy of Zoetis and Micro, will follow dinner sponsored by INTRUST Bank and featuring K.C. strip steaks provided by Tyson Fresh Meats.
Beef Industry University (BIU), sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, will feature two topics on the minds of KLA members. Kansas State University veterinarian Dan Thomson will tell those in attendance what they need to know about the Food and Drug Administration’s new VFD. During his presentation, the Jones professor of epidemiology and production medicine at K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine will clarify how antibiotics considered “medically important” to human health will require a VFD for the product to be included in livestock feed.
The other part of Thursday’s BIU program will feature comments from two Kansas cattle feeders who served on a special 16-person national task force assigned to develop the new beef industry long-range plan. Beef Marketing Group Chief Executive Officer John Butler and Pratt Feeders General Manager Jerry Bohn will explain how individuals and organizations in the industry can embrace points in the plan that will help support the stated goal of increasing the wholesale beef demand index by 2% annually over the next five years.
Friday morning will bring the volunteer president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to the podium for a discussion, sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Zoetis, about issues facing ranchers at the national and global levels. Fifth-generation Wyoming cow-calf producer Philip Ellis will give an update on the legal status of the Environmental Protection Agency’s waters of the U.S. rule and talk about the negative beef trade ramifications from government inaction on the discriminatory U.S. country-of-origin labeling program.
The closing presentation at the KLA Convention will be CattleFax Executive Vice President Randy Blach with his comprehensive outlook for the cattle, beef and grain markets. His remarks during Friday morning’s Industry Information Session, sponsored by Elanco, will include analysis of what the first year of accelerated herd expansion in 2015 will mean for supplies and prices next year.
In addition to educational sessions, KLA will honor individuals who have belonged to the organization 50 years or more, earned scholarships, won membership recruitment awards and graduated from the KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy.
A schedule and registration form are available on www.kla.org or by calling KLA at (785) 273-5115. Registration is available online. All livestock producers are welcome to attend.
KLA works to advance members’ common business interests on legislative, regulatory and industry issues affecting producers at both the state and federal levels. The association’s work is funded through voluntary dues dollars paid by its members.
Source: Kansas Livestock Association