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Extension Office beef cattle seminar on Saturday focuses on education

Bridgett Weaver

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Visit http://www.weldextension.com then click on Livestock Seminars or call (970) 304-6535. Sign-ups for Saturday’s beef cattle seminar will be available at the door. Registration and parking are free.

The goal is always education at Weld County Extension events, said 4-H Livestock Agent Larry Hooker.

And Saturday’s Beef Cattle Seminar, hosted by the Extension Office and Weld County Livestock Association, will be no exception.

“My whole thing is I’m trying to give producers good information,” he said. “Information that they can take back to their herds.”

Registration for the second annual seminar, themed “Today’s Beef Cattle Operations,” will be from 9-10 a.m. and the program will be from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Hooker said 4-H kids are welcome, but this seminar will be geared toward adults.

Four sessions will address what’s important in beef cattle operations.

“I work with the Weld County Livestock Association and I kind of used them as a sounding board,” Hooker explained. “I asked them what they’re looking for and those (sessions) are some of the topics that they’re kind of confused about.”

The first session, “EPDs or Indexes,” will focus on reproductive concerns.

The second session, “Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus” will be headed up by Dr. Hana Van Campen, a Colorado State University vet professor. She is an expert in the virus.

The third session is a meat-cutting demonstration. Hooker said Dr. Dale Woerner from the CSU will demonstrate cutting a beef carcass.

The last session will be about niche marketing.

“Producers are interested in what other producers are doing,” Hooker explained. “It’s nice to have some niche marketing and hear people talking about what they’re doing.”

It’s also useful to people who are considering changing their techniques.

“In case some producers are thinking about expanding and doing things this way or they’re in the middle of it and having problems,” he said. “It gives producers a little different insight that maybe they hadn’t thought about.”

There will also be vendors at the event including Harsh International, Ranchway, Zoetis and Colorado Soy.