Record-setting profits for cow/calf producers in 2014 were welcomed in a business that historically has been a break-even one, according to a University of Illinois Extension beef educator.

“Higher calf prices have given producers incentive to retain heifers or purchase breeding stock as a method of reinvesting profits,” said Travis Meteer.

Producers will have the opportunity to attend the annual Beef Selection and Management Seminar on Jan. 27. The event will be held at the Farm Credit Services building in Mt. Vernon, IL. The meeting will last from 4:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Following the investment through with proper selection and management will determine whether the investment was a wise one,” Meteer said. “Selecting the right genetics and developing them for their production environment will affect the success of cattle being placed back into the herd as replacements. Understanding the traits that will best fit the market in years to come could position a cattleman to see large profits.”

Meteer will speak about heifer selection/development and give an update on the Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale. Other speakers will include:

• Doug Parrett, U of I – Genetic conditions and incorporating EPDs into bull selection
• Cody Sankey, Vita-Ferm – Important considerations for bull nutrition
• Corey Given, Merial – Parasite control in the cow herd
• Barney Gehl, Zoetis – Benefits of genetic enhanced EPDs.
• Kevin Devore, ABS – Utilizing technology and current market demands
• Teresa Steckler, U of I Extension beef educator – Estrus synchronization

“The program will cover important information that producers can directly implement and turn into dollars in their pocket,” Meteer said.

Pre-registration is suggested and cost of the meeting is $10, payable at the door. RSVP by Jan 22 at 217-430-7030 or at wmeteer2@illinois.edu.

Meeting details are available at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/oardc.