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36th Annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Returns to Ottumwa


OTTUMWA, Iowa –– The 36th annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24.  Cow-calf producers and industry personnel are invited to the conference at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. 


“We are not only excited to bring the conference to Ottumwa in 2007, but also to offer an expanded, customized program,” says Byron Leu, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension livestock specialist.  “This year, the agenda features twice as many speakers and segments, including breakout sessions so that producers can choose subjects and presentations that are of particular interest to them.”


The day's topics include pasture, grazing and forage management, herd health, cow-calf improvement, animal identification, bovine virus diarrhea and anaplasmosis, and ethanol co-products. The conference will again feature nationally-known speakers, including Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin, and Byron Sleugh, Dow AgroSciences, as well as Daryl Strohbehn, Dan Loy, Terry Engelken, all of ISU. In addition, the convention features Bruce Carney, a Maxwell, Iowa beef producer.


Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program concludes at 4 p.m.  A registration fee of $7 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 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.


Sponsors include Iowa Beef Center, John Deere Ottumwa Works, Farm Credit Services of America, Iowa Forage and Grassland Council and Iowa State University Extension.




Contacts :

Byron Leu, Iowa State University Extension, (641) 472-4166, bleu@iastate.edu


John Dungan, Iowa Beef Center, (515) 294-9124, jdungan@iastate.edu