Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and supporting industry personnel will learn the latest in feedlot health, nutrition, and economics at the 2015 Beef Feedlot Roundtables Feb. 10-12 in Bridgeport, Lexington and West Point with remote connections to locations in Iowa and South Dakota.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Roundtables will be offered Feb. 10 at the Prairie Winds Community Center in Bridgeport Feb. 10th, at the Holiday Inn Express in Lexington Feb. 11th, and the Nielsen Community Center in West Point on Feb. 12th.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with introductions and welcome at 8:20 by local University of Nebraska Extension Educators.

University and industry representatives will discuss beef cattle economics, animal health, nutrition and management.  Our program will also include a producer/industry panel on recruiting and retaining quality employees. The program will conclude with a research update and adjourn by 4:00 p.m.

The Nebraska Beef Council will give an update on new beef products and sponsor lunch at NE locations.

Feedlot economics and research topics include: performance and carcass characteristics when minimal amounts of corn grain are included in the diet, a market outlook and economics associated with re-building the cow herd, managing dairy breeds in feedlots and current animal health issues. 

Pre-registration is available by phone, fax, e-mail or mail and requested by Feb. 3rd. Cost is $30 and will be accepted with preregistration at the door. Cost for those who have not pre-registered will be $40. For more information or a registration form contact Matt Luebbe at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff NE 69361, phone 308-632-1260, fax 308-632-1365 or e-mail mluebbe2@unl.edu.

The Beef Feedlot Roundtable is sponsored by UNL Extension, the ISU Beef Team, SDSU Extension and the Nebraska Beef Council. 

Morning topics will cover using byproduct or corn in feedlot diets: performance and carcass characteristics to maintain similar gain and marbling, Andrea Watson; UNL Animal Sciences, market outlook and re-building the cow herd, Kate Brooks, UNL Agriculture Economics; the 2014 feedlot labor marketing, and management survey results, Jake Birch, UNL Agribusiness Graduate Program; a producer/industry roundtable discussion of labor challenges; and Beef Council update, Dough Straight, Nebraska Beef Council.

Afternoon sessions will cover feedlot health and nutrition with the following presentations: managing Holstein beef- animal health considerations, Dan Grooms, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University; managing Holstein beef- feedlot nutrition and technology, Dan Loy, Iowa State University; Beta-agonists in feedlots, Galen Erickson, UNL Animal Science; and research update: Matt Luebbe, UNL Extension.