Farmers to discuss higher value for feeder calves

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Two farmer panels will discuss ways to increase the value of feeder cattle in Pennsylvania at the Cattleman's College program, March 10 at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center.

Cow-calf producers Warren Dick and Ralph Nevala will explain their experiences with cooperative feeder calf marketing pools.

"Both farmers have sold their calves through cooperative sales for many years," said John Comerford, Penn State beef specialist and conference coordinator. "The pools have included designated health and management programs prior to the sale of the cattle by tele-auction."

Cattle feeders Darwin Nissley and Nelson Beam will discuss the kind of feeder cattle they want to buy, including weight, health programs and background.

"The feeders from southeastern Pennsylvania purchase cattle from a number of sources," said Comerford. "And they will relate what they consider when pricing the cattle they buy."

In addition to the farmer panels, the program will include a sire-selection workshop, animal health and reproduction information, a beef quality-assurance recertification opportunity, and a special address by Chandler Keys from JBS USA LLC.

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 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 February 20, 2012