Illinois Cattle Feeders meeting in March will feature industry experts

URBANA, Ill. – Illinois cattlemen and cattlewomen will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts at the 2016 Illinois Cattle Feeders meeting. The meeting will be held on March 10 at the Rock Falls Community Building in Rock Falls, Ill. The seminar will start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.

“This meeting is a must-attend for Illinois cattle producers,” said Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Beef Extension educator. “First-hand access to this kind of knowledge in the cattle industry is rare.”

Dr. Paul Walker, Illinois State University emeritus, will discuss feeding corn distillers solubles and subsequent cattle performance. He will also talk with producers about feeding cattle indoors and expanding the farming enterprise with cattle feeding.

Dr. Jim Lowe, DVM, University of Illinois, will discuss better identifying bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and some new technologies that can aid in this process. Dr. Lowe will also discuss the veterinary feed directive (VFD).

Dr. Ted Funk, University of Illinois emeritus, will talk about manure management best practices and give an update on regulations. Funk will be on hand to answer questions about obtaining the necessary permits and regulatory policy concerning cattle feeding.

Don Close, Rabo AgriFinance, will present a market update and outlook. Close will discuss a wide range of topics including volatility, impacts of world trade and export markets; domestic and foreign demand; and forecast near term markets. “His information will give insight to the cattle feeding industry and help producers better prepare for the years ahead,” Meteer said.

Paula Alexander, Tyson Foods, and Brian Bangert, manager of Funk Farms, will discuss the Tyson FarmCheck program. Alexander will discuss the program and the details behind it; Bangert will offer a producer’s perspective and describe his on-farm experience with the program.

There is no fee, but pre-registration is suggested to ensure adequate meal numbers. Please RSVP to Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension, 37737 Perry Fishhook Road, Baylis, Ill., 62314, or email Meeting details are available at

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