Cattleman’s Days scheduled in four Nebraska locations |

Cattleman’s Days scheduled in four Nebraska locations

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – Extension educators have planned Cattleman’s Day and Trade Show events for Mon., Nov. 16, 2009, in North Platte at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds; Tues., Nov. 17, 2009, Ogallala, Grey Goose; Mon., Nov. 23, 2009 in McCook, Red Willow County Fairgrounds; and Tues., Nov. 24, 2009, in Imperial, Zion Lutheran Church, said University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator Randy Saner of North Platte.

Each session will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. local, Saner said. Pre-registration deadline is one week before each session. The fee is $20; $10 for each additional person from the same operation. Fees are $25 per booth. Contact your local extension office for registration information or go to the Lincoln/McPherson County Website ( and click on Agriculture in the left menu bar.

After a nine o’clock keynote on “The Future of Food Safety: How it Affects Cattle Producers” with Drew Gaffney, attendees will select from two topics during two rotations.

Rotation One: • “Calving Date Economics” – Brian Strauch, Extension Educator, Red Willow County

• “Livestock Gross Margin and Livestock Risk Protection” – Robert Tigner, Extension Educator, Chase, Dundy, Hayes and Hitchcock counties

Rotation Two: • “McCOOL and Source and Age Verification Programs” – Noel Muel, Extension Educator, Furnas County

• “How Size Affects Heifer Development” – Randy Saner, Extension Educator, Lincoln and McPherson counties

Luncheon speaker, Matt Spangler, UNL Beef Genetics Specialist, will discuss “Utilizing Genomic Information in Selection.”

After lunch, two more rotations will provide participants with more choices.

Rotation Three: • “The Value of Corn Stalks Versus Range” – Aaron Stalker, UNL Beef Range Systems Specialist

• “Ranch Profitability: What Are the Choices? – Doug Anderson, Extension Educator, Keith and Perkins counties

Rotation Four: • “Windrow Grazing” – Jerry Volesky, UNL Forage and Range Management Specialist

• “Benefits of and Tips to Achieve a Short Calving Season” – Rick Funston

Breaks throughout the day will allow for visits to the trade show, Saner said. Door prizes will end each of the session between 3:30 and 5 p.m. local time.

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