Successfully managing the cow herd during a drought will be the focus for the 2013 Tri-State Cow/Calf Symposium and Trade Show, Jan. 8, at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds in McCook.
The symposium is an every other year effort between Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska and is held in cooperation among Colorado State University Extension, Kansas State University Research and Extension and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension services.
This year's program will open with some remarks from the Chuck Hibberd, new UNL Extension dean and director, on his visions for the future of Extension.
The keynote speaker will be James Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing information Center in Denver, Colo. Robb will provide participants with an economic update of the droughts impact on cattle numbers and provide a current market/situation outlook for the upcoming production year.
"Three concurrent educational sessions will be available throughout the day as well and participants will have the opportunity to pick and choose which topics they want to attend," says Brian Strauch, UNL Extension educator.
Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef nutritionist, will discuss beef cow nutritional implications during and following drought; Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, will discuss feeding and grazing cornstalks and alternative rations during drought; and Richard Randle, UNL Extension beef cattle veterinarian, will be talking about the recent decline in conception rates and some preliminary results of a UNL survey.
Other topics of the concurrent educational sessions include: good beef production practices, beef cow genetics advances and economic implications of herd management decisions during drought.
The symposium will conclude with an industry panel represented by producers and university researchers.
The symposium is free.
Registration is required by Jan. 2 to secure proper quantities of drinks, rolls and the noon meal, as well as handouts from presenters.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., central time, with opening remarks beginning at 9 a.m.
Contact Brian Strauch at 308-345-3390 or 877-674-6947 to learn more.