Beef production workshops planned

Jan 15, 2010
by WLJ

One-day workshops at three locations will help beef producers improve the quality, consistency and value of Nebraska beef, said Randy Saner, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educator in Lincoln and McPherson counties.

Dates and locations include: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, North Platte, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Ag Building; Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, Whitman, Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory; Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, Bridgeport, Prairie Winds Community Center.

The programs will begin with a review of beef quality auditing as it’s been done in the past. Presenters will also discuss changes in recommendations and things producers can improve to increase quality and price of their beef. In a Yield and Quality Grades session, producers will get to look at steers on videotape and to evaluate and price them. They will also participate in a carcass yield and quality grade activity using photos of foreribs and ribeye cuts.

Subprimal and cut-out value, tenderness and palatability, will all receive some attention before the taste tests to evaluate what producers saw during the day and how it tastes.

For more information, contact Saner at the Lincoln/McPherson County Extension Office or online at www.lincolnmcpherson. People interested in the Gudmundsen workshop can call the Central Sandhills Extension Office in Thedford. Bethany Johnston at 308/645-2267 or can provide more details as can personnel at the Morrill County Extension Office in Bridgeport 308/262-1022. — WLJ