2012 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Focuses on Efficiency

OTTUMWA, Iowa — The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC), a premier educational event for cow-calf producers, will offer a comprehensive package of information on Jan. 21 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. The popular conference has a 40-year history of providing timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry, and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef program specialist Byron Leu said this year’s conference will continue its successful traditions.

“The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has been, and will continue to be, successful because it provides information and access to speakers that beef producers have come to expect,” Leu said. “The steering committee does a great job of finding highly qualified and respected speakers in the industry who can speak with authority on the topics pertinent to Midwestern operations.”

This year’s program focuses on topics designed to help producers recognize ways to make their operations more efficient and profitable. From maintaining competitiveness in light of high corn prices to applied approaches to genetics, experts from universities and private industry in the Midwest will lead sessions and give producers valuable information to put into practice on their farms.

“Darrell Peel, from Oklahoma State University, will talk about current economic conditions and staying competitive; Bruce Anderson, from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, will present information on strategies for forage production and successful forage-seeding methods; and Bob Weaber, from Kansas State University, will speak on using genetics and practical steps in achieving efficiency,” Leu said. “Other speakers are Art Brownlee, from JHL Ranch in Ashby, Neb., Nick Hammett, from Circle A Angus Ranch in Ashland, Mo., and Chad Hart and Bob Wells, from Iowa State.”

This year’s conference at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa begins with registration at 8 a.m. The official welcome is at 9:30 a.m. followed by two general session speakers, and a break-out session with four choices. After lunch and exhibit viewing, there’s an afternoon general session, and one final break-out session with three choices. Admission is $15 which includes lunch and a copy of the conference proceedings. No preregistration is necessary. You can see and download the conference brochure at www.iowabeefcenter.org/events/2012CCCC.pdf.