Cal Poly celebrates the 55th annual Field Day October 1-2

Sep 16, 2011
by WLJ

“Building your Brand to Add Value to your Herd,” is the theme of this year’s California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), Field Day, Tradeshow and Bull Test Sale set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, at the Cal Poly Beef Center, San Luis Obispo. The event is cosponsored by Cal Poly, the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association (CB- CIA), and the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Field Day registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program starts at 8:30 a.m., on Oct. 1.

Featured speakers include CBCIA President Thomas Freitas Jr., Fresno, and CCA 1 st Vice President Tim Koopmann, Sunol. The Cal Poly Bull Test Sale will be reporting genomic enhanced expected progeny differences (EPDs) on many of the Angus bulls offered for sale this year and we are bringing an expert on the subject as our featured speaker. Igenity’s Beef Seedstock Sales Director Jim Gibb, Ph.D., Louisville, CO, will explain the value of these EPDs and how producers can utilize them in their selection of bulls. In addition, Eric Moore, DVM, a technical services veterinarian with Merck Animal Health, DeSoto, KS, will discuss ways preconditioning can adds pounds to your calves, enhance feed efficiency and reduce morbidity and mortality in the feedlot.

While the beef industry is facing many challenges such as rising feed costs, environ mental regulations and a stagnant economy, cattle prices have never been higher. Still there are many producers that do not capture the highest value for their calves. The afternoon session will feature a panel discussion with industry experts representing different types of cattle operations.

Mike Hall, Cal Poly Beef Specialist, will serve as the field day emcee and panel moderator. Invited panel members, include Mike Massey, Massey Livestock, Parkfield, CA; Matt McKinney; Bently Agrowdynamics, Minden, NV.; Ken Morrison, LeGrand; Jerry Williams, Williams Livestock, Buellton; and Elliott French, San Benito Cattle Co, Hollister, CA.

The field day also includes a commercial tradeshow, refreshments, lunch and a “bull session,” which gives buyers and consignors time to preview bulls that will be up for auction at the annual bull test sale. A barbecue and auction to benefit Cal Poly’s Animal Science department will be held that evening. Cattle breeds available for auction will be Low Birth Weight Angus, Multi-Trait Angus, Red Angus, Angus, Lim-Flex, Polled Hereford, Sim-Angus, Limousin, Brangus, and Simmental. The bull sale begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 2.

For more information, contact Mike Hall, 805/756- 2685, or visit the Cal Poly’s bull test Web site at http:// — WLJ