Range Beef Cow Symposium; an outstanding program for beef producers

Nov 22, 2013
by WLJ

Mark your calendars for the Range Beef Cow Symposium to be held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD, Dec. 3-5.

The speaker lineup for this program will provide cutting-edge information for beef cattle producers. Registration is accepted through the symposium.

This year marks the 23rd symposium. The first Range Beef Cow Symposium was held in Chadron, NE, in 1969 and the event has been held on an every-other-year basis ever since.

It is organized by Extension Beef Cattle Specialists from the Land Grant Universities in a four state region including South Dakota State University, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming and University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Each university takes its turn hosting the event. SDSU will host this year.

“Range Beef Cow Symposium has been popular through the years with beef cattle producers and agriculture professionals who support the beef cattle industry because of two major parts—presentations and speakers who are top notch, and a trade show with commercial displays from many segments of the industry,” said Ken Olson, SDSU Extension Beef Specialist.

Fetal programming will be one focus of discussion during the symposium. According to Olson and other program organizers, this is an area of recent beef cattle research that looks at the influence of the level of nutrition to pregnant cows on the developing fetus and subsequent lifetime productivity after birth. Rick Funston, Associate Professor of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln will discuss the effects on replacement heifers and Amanda Blair Associate Professor of Animal Science of SDSU will discuss the effects on progeny carcass and meat characteristics.

Due to recent weather disasters, such as the recent blizzard in South Dakota and flooding in Colorado, health impacts of these disasters on livestock will also be a topic for discussion. Russ Daly, SDSU Extension Veterinarian, will speak on this topic.

Attendees will have an opportunity to ask in-depth questions of all speakers during the Range Beef Cow Symposium’s evening Bull Pen Sessions.

“Participants find these sessions valuable because they get the chance to learn more about topics relative to their specific situations,” Olson said.

To learn more about the total program or to register, feel free to contact your regional Extension office, visit the iGrow website, or call or email Julie Walker, 605/688-5458; julie.walker@sdstate.edu or Ken Olson, 605/394-2236; ken neth.olson@sdstate.edu. — WLJ