Chandler Keys to address Pennsylvania Cattleman's College

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A top executive with the largest meat-processing business in the world will be a featured speaker at the Pennsylvania Cattleman's College, March 10, at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center.

Chandler Keys, head of government affairs and industry relations for JBS USA LLC, will discuss how cattle producers can navigate through the huge changes that are occurring in the beef business.

There have been record feed costs, record finished-beef prices, and record feeder-calf prices in the beef industry, and nearly all of them have happened within the past year, according to John Comerford, Penn State beef specialist and conference coordinator.

"This is new territory for the business and producers, and some new ideas and new ways of doing things may be needed," he said. "Keys will share his insight and ideas that can help beef producers be more profitable in these unusual times."

In addition to Keys' presentation, the program will include farmer panels discussing ways to increase the value of feeder cattle in Pennsylvania, a sire-selection workshop, animal health and reproduction information, and a beef quality-assurance recertification opportunity.

The program is sponsored by Penn State Extension, Pfizer Animal Health and the Pennsylvania Cattleman's Association. A complete program and registration information is available online at http://www.das.psu.edu/research-extension/beef, or by contacting Comerford at 814-863-3661 or by email at jxc16@psu.edu.

The Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center is on state Route 45, about nine miles southwest of the Penn State University Park campus, near the Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

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Last Updated March 05, 2012