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35th Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Scheduled for Feb. 25


AMES, Iowa -- Forage systems, building a cowherd and a look at the “hotspots” in the beef industry will be featured at the 35th annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference on Saturday, Feb. 25. The conference will return to the Vermeer Global Pavilion in Pella, Iowa.


“About half of the program is pasture- and forage-related topics. When developing this year’s program, we took into account the impact of last year’s drought and the upcoming issues around CRP options and developed presentations to address those issues,” said Byron Leu, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension livestock specialist.


“Also, the issues of BSE in Canada, the current export markets, along with the current high price situation will be addressed in the Beef Industry Hotspots portion of the program,” said Leu.


Breakout sessions will be offered again this year allowing producers to choose subjects and presentations that are of particular interest to them. Other topics include industry market outlook, heifer development and bull selection. The conference will feature nationally known speakers from the beef producing states of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, as well as Iowa State University faculty and staff and Iowa producers.


Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program concludes at 4 p.m. The $7 registration fee includes 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 http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/.



The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference, an annual one-day event, 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.


This year’s sponsors include the Iowa Beef Center, the Vermeer Foundation, Farm Credit Services of America and the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council.



Contacts :

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

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