The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers is offering a comprehensive package of useful information for those who attend this year's event. It will be held January 21 at Ottumwa in southeast Iowa. The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state's beef cattle industry for 40 years, and Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist Byron Leu says the 2012 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 says. "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."
Maintaining competitiveness in face of high corn prices is hot topic this year
This year's program focuses on a variety of 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 be leading these sessions and giving 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 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 economist Chad Hart and farm management specialist Bob Wells from ISU."
This year's Jan. 21 conference has morning and afternoon sessions
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 here www.iowabeefcenter.org/events/2012CCCC.pdf
IBC was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state's beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from ISU Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.