Wyoming hosts Range Beef Cow Symposium

Oct 23, 2009
by WLJ

This year’s Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) XXI will take place Dec. 1-3 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, WY, says Steve Paisley, University of Wyoming (UW) Extension beef cattle specialist.

“With more than 30 speakers addressing beef production topics such as nutrition, marketing, health, reproduction, consumer demand and current industry issues, the RBCS is a great opportunity to listen to nationally recognized speakers on a wide variety of topics,” says Paisley, who is also an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science in UW’s College of Agriculture.

Started in 1969 at Chadron, NE, and conducted every other year, the RBCS is organized by the animal science departments of Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska– Lincoln, South Dakota State University and UW. The event rotates between Colorado, western Nebraska, western South Dakota and Wyoming.

“The symposium has continued to grow in popularity and is now recognized as one of the premiere production beef cattle symposiums in the country,” Paisley says. Focusing on beef production issues in the western states, the RBCS regularly attracts 800 to 1,200 attendees and more than 80 agribusiness booth vendors for the threeday event.

Paisley said one of the most popular aspects of the RBCS is the nightly “Bull Pen Sessions” where the invited speakers are brought back as panelists and are available for informal question-and-answer sessions.

The symposium begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, and concludes Thursday at noon. Additional information— including a schedule, downloadable registration brochure, lodging and contact information—is available at www.rangebeefcow.com. Register by Nov. 20 to receive the lower rates. For more information, contact Paisley at 307/837-2000 at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle, WY.

Angus Productions Inc. will provide online coverage of the event. During the week of the conference, look for news releases on www. angus.org. — WLJ