Pa. Cattlemen's Conference to be held March 8

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The annual Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Conference, co-sponsored by Penn State Extension, will feature an agricultural engineer's presentation about the sustainability of beef production.

The March 8 event will be held at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Livestock Evaluation Center at Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County.

C. Alan Rotz, agricultural engineer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, which is based at Penn State, will cover the environmental, social and economic costs and benefits of the beef industry.

An industry panel discussion will follow Rotz's presentation. The conversation will be tailored for producers, featuring the following experts: a veterinarian, packer representative, feedlot and cow/calf producer, and a ruminant nutritionist.

"The panel will take questions from the audience on hot topics in the beef industry, with a moderator keeping discussions moving," said conference coordinator Cheryl Fairbairn, an animal science educator with Penn State Extension.

"At the conclusion of the event, producers will feel comfortable answering some of the tough questions consumers are asking in regard to beef," she said.

Afternoon sessions will kick off with "A Common Sense Management Calendar," a presentation by Penn State animal science instructor Ben Williamson, an expert in beef cattle reproductive physiology.

Breakout sessions will follow, featuring "Marketing with Social Media," "Utilizing Apps in your Operation," "Center for Beef Excellence Tag Program," "Weaning Calves and Replacement Heifer Development," and "Bull Facilities and Handling."

Attendees will be able to view the performance-tested bulls that will sell at the Performance Tested Bull Sale on March 28.

Producers attending the event will qualify for credits toward Beef Quality Assurance recertification.

The cost to attend the Cattlemen's Conference is $45, which includes lunch and materials. The registration deadline is March 3. Register for the event online or by contacting Dustin Heeter at the Westmoreland County office of Penn State Extension at 724-837-1402.

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Last Updated February 17, 2014