The supply of feeder cattle and corn byproducts declined over the last year, and the Choice-Select spread can bounce from narrow to near record wide in a matter of weeks. Those are just a few factors that keep feedlot managers calculating as they aim to turn 2013 toward profit.

One popular venue to help sort it all out is the annual Feeding Quality Forum, set for Omaha, Neb., on August 20 and Garden City, Kan., August 22.

Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, will kick off the event with his outlook on the markets for human food protein and livestock feedstuffs.

“Dan’s global perspective of our grain and cattle markets is very well received year after year and that’s why we’ve invited him back,” says Jill Dunkel, editor of Feedlot magazine, which cosponsors the annual event with Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), Land O’Lakes Purina, Roto-Mix and Zoetis.

“We’re going to talk about some animal welfare issues, too, and how feed yards can get out that positive message about the good things they’re doing,” she adds.

Registration fees are $50 by August 2, and as space allows later for $75. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m., half an hour before Basse’s opening presentation.

A luncheon featuring CAB roasted striploin will honor the fourth annual Feeding Quality Forum Industry Achievement Award winner, consulting feedlot veterinarian David Bechtol.

Other highlights for the day include:

  • Recent research on feeding distillers byproducts, by Galen Erickson, Extension feedlot specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Derrell Peel, livestock marketing economist at Oklahoma State University, exploring where feeder cattle will come from
  • From labor to feed ingredients to marketing: a panel discussion among feedlot manager colleagues.
  • Positive communication with the public
    • In Garden City, with Temple Grandin, professor at Colorado State University
    • In Omaha, with Janet Riley, senior vice president in public affairs, American Meat Institute.

The program will wrap up at 4:15 p.m.

To register, visit, or contact Marilyn Conley by phone 800-225-2333, ext. 298, or email