March 6 2020 02:16 PM

    I-29 Moo University to feature dairy beef short course

    The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman.

    The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course is scheduled for March 24, as part of the pre-educational events for the Central Plains Dairy Expo. It will be held in the Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in rooms 8, 9 and 10.

    “The focus of this year’s program is dairy beef carcasses at the farm, processor and consumer end, along with targeting health considerations for maximum performance,” said Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialist Fred M. Hall.

    This year’s presenters include Ty E. Lawrence from West Texas A&M University; Kevin Hueser, senior vice president of beef margin management with Tyson; Bill Munns, head of sales and supply chain with JBS USA; Russ Daly, extension veterinarian and professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department at South Dakota State University; and Jan Shearer, professor and extension dairy veterinarian at Iowa State University.

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program starts at 10 a.m. with Lawrence presenting “Finishing Dairy Cattle for Beef: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Afterward, Munns will lead a discussion of the commercial science behind purebred Holstein beef, followed by Hueser, speaking on dairy cross opportunities in the plant.

    Lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m., followed by Daly outlining health consideration for dairy beef cattle during the feeding period. Shearer is the final presenter for the day and will share information on feedlot cattle lameness and economic impacts. The program will conclude at 3 p.m.

    A registration fee of $25 per person covers the short course, lunch and copy of the proceedings. Preregistration is requested by March 20 and limited to 130 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Register at https://extension.sdstate.edu/event/2020-dairy-beef-short-course or on the I-29 Moo University website at https://dairy.unl.edu/i-29-moo-university. You also can register by mailing the registration fee to Tracey Erickson at 1910 West Kemp Ave., Watertown, SD 57201. Include your contact information and any dietary restrictions when mailing in your registration information.

    If attendees also plan on going to the Central Plains Dairy Expo Welcome Reception, they should register for that ahead of time at https://www.centralplainsdairy.com/registration/.

    The Dairy Beef Short Course, hosted by I-29 Moo University, is a collaboration of Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, North Dakota State, and University of Nebraska Extension Services.

    For more information, contact Hall by email at fredhall@iastate.edu or ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Beth Doran by email doranb@iastate.edu. Both can also be reached by phone at 712-737-4230.