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New Format Offered at the Annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference

Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference

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2/3/2005

AMES, Iowa -- This year's Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference offers a new format that will give attendees the chance to learn about more than a dozen topics. The program will be held Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Vermeer Global Pavilion in Pella, Iowa. The conference has historically been held at the Coliseum in Ottumwa.

"This year we've organized the conference to include three breakout sessions. This new format will allow producers to chose sessions that cover topics of specific interest to them," said Byron Leu, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension livestock specialist.

This year's program will feature two general sessions. Daryl Strohbehn, ISU Extension specialist with the Iowa Beef Center, will open the program with an overview of the new format and offer a sneak peek at the presentations offered during the conference.

Barry Dunn, executive director and endowed chair of the King Ranch Institute for management, Texas A & M University, will offer his suggestions on the things beef producers should manage to keep competitive. He also will discuss management areas that beef producers consider to protect themselves from the cycles of the beef markets and potential downturns.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program concludes at 4 p.m. The $7 registration fee covers lunch, and a copy of conference proceedings. For more information, call (641) 472-4166, e-mail bleu@iastate.edu, or visit the calendar page at www.iowabeefcenter.org.

The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference, an annual one-day convention, focuses on management and production practices that apply to the cow-calf industry. The conference provides an opportunity for researchers and practical cattle producers to come together with more than 70 industry representatives to explore current topics and issues.

Contacts :

Byron Leu, Field Specialist, (641) 472-4166, bleu@iastate.edu

Jean McGuire, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu