Register Now for Range Beef Cow Symposium XXVI – November 18-20 in Mitchell, NE!!
You won’t want to miss RBCS XXVI! This year Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Greg Ibach will be here to discuss domestic and international marketing of U.S. beef. Jim Robb from the Livestock Marketing Information Center will give the traditional market outlook. Wacey Kirkpatrick, a rancher from South Dakota will explain using price protection for the cow/calf producer. Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is coming from UC-Davis to talk about the real data surrounding fake meat and Donnell Brown from the RA Brown Ranch in Throckmorton, Texas is coming to share how that ranch has been a profitable business center and a family ranch for 5 generations.
There are some changes to RBCS this year. Monday afternoon will kick off the program with a beef quality assurance certification program and a Ron Gill stockmanship clinic. While Tuesday and Wednesday morning will kick off with a more traditional format, the afternoon sessions will consist of more demonstration type presentations including matching bulls with their EPDs and learning how to do your homework before you arrive at a bull sale, matching hay samples with hay bales and reading a nutrient analysis, and evaluating cow manure and guessing forage quality from that. There will be demonstrations on what makes a good recipient cow for embryo transfer and a demonstration on taking, storing, and shipping biological samples. Dr. Caitlin Messerschmidt from Iowa State University is bringing a plastic cow model to demonstrate correcting a malpresentation and delivering a calf with optimal outcome for the cow and calf.
Vendors make RBCS affordable to the producer and many have generously supported RBCS. There will be time to visit with vendors who are happy to help producers with products, services, and equipment.
One time honored uniqueness of RBCS is the evening bullpen sessions where producers get the opportunity to visit with speakers and discuss the day’s presentations with the speakers and other producers. Bullpen sessions will take place Tuesday and Wednesday evening back at the Gering Civic Center.
You won’t want to miss this one stop shop for education, products, services, mentoring, and networking. Visit https://beef.unl.edu/range-beef-cow-symposium to register, view the agenda, see a list of vendors, and find hotels for RBCS XXVI in Mitchell, NE November 18-20.