Talk by cattle-feeding specialist to highlight Beef Cattle Summit

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A presentation on cattle-feeding efficiency will highlight an educational event to be offered by Penn State Extension this summer.

Robbi Pritchard, a cattle-feeding specialist from South Dakota State University, will speak at the the Pennsylvania Beef Producers Summit, to be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 6, at Masonic Village Farm, 74 Amosite Road near Elizabethtown.

The largest cost for a cattle feeder is feed, so even a small improvement in the efficiency of feed use can result in significant profit, according to Pritchard.

"A place to start to improve feed efficiency is bunk management," he said. "If we improve feed efficiency by just 3 percent for a 500-head feedlot, that is a savings of more than $5,000 for the year at current feed prices."

In addition to addressing participants, Pritchard will offer a demonstration of how bunk management can affect intake and efficiency. He has done extensive research and observational work on how feed deliveries should be made, when changes in feed available to cattle will increase intake and feed efficiency, and how costly wasted feed becomes to cattle feeders.

The demonstration will be part of the summit's afternoon program that includes Beef Quality Assurance certification training and presentations on pasture management and animal identification procedures.

"The summit will provide Pennsylvania beef producers with information they need to stay competitive," said John Comerford, associate professor of animal science, who is coordinating the event.

The registration fee is $12 per person, which includes all materials and dinner. The registration deadline is July 26.

The full agenda and registration materials can be obtained on the website or by contacting Comerford at 814-863-3661 or at jxc16@psu.edu.

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Last Updated July 11, 2013