Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Offers Celebration and Education

OTTUMWA, Iowa -- A full day of information and special events awaits the attendees of the 2011 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa on Feb. 26. From the keynote address at 9 a.m. to the final breakout session at 4 p.m., people will find value in every aspect of the day, according to Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef program specialist Byron Leu.

Leu, who also is a member of the conference and steering committees and has been involved with the CCCC for 25 years, said this year's 40th anniversary is cause for celebration and ongoing education. The conference brochure is available here:

"We have a great lineup of speakers who'll present timely information on topics ranging from markets and economics to haying and grazing updates to health and operational issues," Leu said. "With the addition this year of a second panel during the afternoon breakout sessions, people will have twice the opportunity to learn from our experts.

"Our keynote speaker is Mark Pearson, host of WHO Radio's Big Show and of 'Market to Market' on IPTV. He'll talk about what's ahead for agriculture, which is an important topic for everyone," Leu said. "After that, both the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council will hold their respective annual meetings, and everyone is invited."

Following lunch at noon, everyone is invited to the 40th anniversary celebration of the CCCC and the presentation, "Another Year of Record Fed Cattle Prices?" by University of Missouri economist Ron Plain. The remainder of the afternoon is divided between two breakout sessions, each of which include sessions on hay storage led by a John Deere Ottumwa Works representative, intensive grazing management led by producer Dave Lubben of Monticello, and finding links in the value chain led by Cresco producer Jeff Ryan.

Both sessions also feature two panel discussion options. The panel for "Hot cow-calf health topics" is ISU faculty members Grant Dewell, Vickie Cooper and Terry Engelken from the College of Veterinary Medicine and private practitioner Gene Hoy. "Diverse cattle operations" panel members are Iowa producers Tim Kaldenberg and Bill Couser, and Colin Woodall from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Cost for the entire day is $15 per person and no preregistration is necessary. This fee includes lunch and a copy of the proceedings, thanks to financial support from ISU's Iowa Beef Center, ISU Extension, Farm Credit Services of America, John Deere Ottumwa Works and Southern Iowa Forages and Livestock Committee. Bridge View Center is located at 102 Church St. in Ottumwa.