“The 2013 seminar topics were selected based on responses to a World Beef Expo online survey of what people wanted to learn more about and would most benefit their operation,” says Jeff Swenson, livestock and meat specialist for DATCP and educational seminar chairman. “These seminars are a great opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers who have years of diverse industry experience.”

The schedule for seminars on Sept. 27:

  • 10 a.m., Paul Dietmann of Badgerland Financial will talk about successful farm financial management, including cash-flow planning and enterprise budgets.
  • 11 a.m., Greg Beavers of Select Sires will give an overview of Estimated Progeny Differences and how they can be used in your breeding decisions to make genetic progress.
  • Noon, Representatives of Merial will discuss deworming technology including LONGRANGE, the first extended-release deworming injection. This seminar includes a chili lunch.
  • 1 p.m., Dr. Amy Radunz of the University of Wisconsin — River Falls will cover basic ration balancing when using lower quality forages and how cow nutrition is vital to calf development.
  • 2 p.m., A panel of Brian McCulloh of Woodhill Farms, Lance Ellsworth of Cattle Visions and B.J. Jones of Wildcat Cattle Co. will answer questions about choosing replacement females and selecting herd sires.
  • 6 p.m., Kenny Neville & Garrett Lampe will demonstrate fitting techniques for juniors interesting in improving their skills to get animals ready for the show ring. This seminar is supported by Stock Show University through Sullivan Supply and will be held in the Show Arena.

On Sept. 28, Kevin Kirschbaum of Bloomington Livestock Exchange will lead a seminar at noon about marketing feeder and fed cattle. He will have a discussion on what appeals to buyers in a sales barn setting and ways to maximize profitability during the preparation of cattle before the sale.

The seminars are sponsored by LONGRANGE. All of them, except the fitting clinic, will be held in the Wisconsin Products Pavilion. For more information, contact DATCP’s Jeff Swenson by email or at (608) 224-5082.  end mark


—From DATCP news release