St. Francis, Kan. – Succeeding in a Challenging Beef Industry is the focus for the 2011 Tri-State Cow/Calf Symposium and Trade Show to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the program starting at 10:00 a.m. and run thru 3:00 p.m. CST at the Riverside County Club in St. Francis, Kan. The symposium is held in conjunction with a trade show. Attendees will have time to visit displays throughout the day.

The annual symposium rotates between Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado and is a joint effort between Kansas State University Research & Extension, University of Nebraska Extension and Colorado State University Extension. The goal of the symposium is to bring a quality educational program and excellent guest speakers to visit with beef cattle producers about current issues in the beef industry.

The program will begin with a “Systems Approach to Lowering Winter Feed Costs” presented by Aaron Stalker, University of Nebraska ruminant nutritionist. K-State Research and Extension northwest area livestock specialist Sandy Johnson, will discuss the “Importance of and Factors Affecting Body Condition Scoring.” The morning will end with a program discussing “Current Issues in Beef Cattle Genetics.”

Dan Thomson, with the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine, will present “Animal Welfare: More than Checking a Box.” An industry panel discussion on “Beef Production in a High Input Environment” will end the symposium.

The registration cost is $20 and $15 for the second person from the same operation, on or before Jan. 5, 2011. Registration will be available at the door for $30. Included in the registration fee will be trade show activities, coffee and rolls, meal and handouts from the presenters.

For further details contact Marty Fear, Sunflower Extension District livestock agent at 785-332-3171 or Sandy Johnson, northwest area livestock specialist at 785-462-6281.

The program is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, Y-Tex Corporation, Farm Credit of Western Kansas and Western State Bank.

Source: Kansas State University Research and Extension