UNL offers beef profitability workshop in February

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Jan 30, 2009
by WLJ
UNL offers beef profitability workshop in February

How a beef operation is managed can make a significant difference in how profitable it is. With so many variables to consider, such as feed and fuel costs and up-and-down markets, managing profitability and maintaining a healthy bottom line can present an ongoing challenge.

University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) Extension will offer a beef profitability workshop in February to help producers meet these challenges.

The sessions will be held at two different locations on Feb. 17. Afternoon sessions will be held at the Washington County Extension Office, 597 Grant St., Blair. Afternoon workshops are from 1-3 p.m. with a 12:30 p.m. registration.

Evening sessions will be held at the Saunders County Extension Office at UNL’s Agricultural Research Center’s August N. Christenson Research and Education Building near Mead. The workshops are from 7-9 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. registration. On Feb. 17, Darrell Mark, UNL livestock marketing specialist, will present “The Economics of Calf Finishing and Backgrounding Systems: Breakevens, Outlook, and Co-Product Feeding.”

Topics include: calculating breakeven and its use in decision making; backgrounding and yearling systems; calf feeding versus background and yearling finishing systems; and the economics of feeding and storing ethanol co-products. Pre-registration is encouraged by phone, fax, e-mail or mail a week in advance— discounts apply. Cost is $10 for registrations received one week in advance. After that, the fee is $15. Fees include reference materials and refreshments.

Make checks payable to: UNL Extension in Saunders County and mail to 1071 County Road G, Room B, Ithaca, NE, 68033-2234.

For more information or to register, contact UNL Extension Educator Sara Ellicott at 402/624-8030, 800/529-8030, sellicott2@unl.edu or by fax at 402/624- 8010. Information also is available online at http://ardc.unl.edu/2008Beef Profitability.pdf. — WLJ

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