Nebraska Grazing Conference offered Aug. 12-13 in Kearney

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Jul 18, 2008
by WLJ

Nebraska Grazing Conference offered Aug. 12-13 in Kearney

The 2008 Nebraska Grazing Conference on Aug. 12-13 at the Kearney Holiday Inn will offer an in-depth look at grazing, from animal behavior to grassland monitoring.

Two dozen speakers from four states and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty will give farmers, ranchers, wildlife managers and advisers the opportunity to learn more about obtaining economic success through grazing, enhancing wildlife habitat, and conservation.

Sessions begin Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. following 9 a.m. registration and will conclude mid-afternoon the following day. Tom Hansen, North Platte rancher and state senator, will provide opening remarks.

Key speakers and topics over the two days include: Allen Williams, chief executive officer of Tallgrass Beef Co. headquartered in Sedan, KS, marketing grass-fed beef; Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), legumes in grass pastures; Ray Bannister, Wibaux, MT, modifying animal behavior; Charley Orchard, Land EKG Inc., Bozeman, MT, land monitoring for management decisions; Rick Rasby, UNL, utilizing co-products in a beef livestock operation; John Ravenscroft, Three Bar Cattle Company, Nenzel, transitioning to organic production; Jerry Volesky, UNL, North Platte, NE, winter grazing strategies.

Topics covered in concurrent sessions the first day are grazing basics and grazing and wildlife, and on the second day, use of co-products in beef production systems and grassland monitoring.

On Aug. 12 following a 6 p.m. banquet, participants will have the option of attending informal discussions with some of the day’s speakers. A session targeting students that evening will cover grazing-related career opportunities.

Ample time will be provided throughout the conference for participants to browse through exhibits from various companies and organizations within the grazing industry.

The conference will conclude with a panel of experienced graziers who will discuss their management strategies for adapting to high feed and fuel costs.

Conference participants who have been interested in seeing the treasures at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, but have been unable to travel to its home in Oklahoma City, will get the next best thing. Executive Director Chuck Schroeder will offer a history lesson to the audience through his entertaining slide show on the museum pieces and the stories behind them.

Registration is $75 if postmarked by Aug. 1 and $90 after. Fees include two lunches, break refreshments, an evening banquet and materials. One-day registration is $40 before Aug. 1 and $50 after and does not include the evening banquet. Walk-ins are welcome. Reduced registration fees are offered for full-time high school or college students. For the first time this year, registration fee will be waived for students who will still be in high school this fall and who pre-register by the Aug. 1 deadline, compliments of the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Hotel reservations can be made by contacting the Holiday Inn at 800/248-4460 and specifying the Nebraska Grazing Conference for appropriate rates.

For more information about this conference, go to the Center for Grassland Studies Web site at, contact the center at 402/472-4101, e-mail, or contact a local UNL Extension office. — WLJ