Good news for beef producers who attended last year’s 3-State Beef Conference: Rick Rasby from the University of Nebraska--Lincoln (UNL) is returning as a speaker. Tim Eggers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agricultural economist, said participants enjoyed Rasby’s approach and presentation style, and requested his presence this year.

“People particularly appreciated his practical approach to research and his ability to explains how to use results from that research,” Eggers said. “Topics and speakers at this conference are determined based on producer input and Rick definitely is on that list. This year he’ll speak on evaluating supplementation strategies, including thinking through benefits and negative aspects of supplementation.”

Another UNL speaker, Bruce Anderson, has years of experience with using forage and will share that with attendees, Eggers said.

“Bruce will present, ‘Rethinking our Forage Systems,’” he said. “He completed his Ph.D. in 1980 and he’s been helping producers optimize the use of their forage for decades. With high pasture rental rates, there’s no forage to waste.”

High prices for calves provide both the means and an incentive for expansion of herds. Returns are based on calves being born to those new heifers and cows joining the herd, Eggers said. Patrick Gunn from Iowa State University will address this in his presentation, “Financial Impacts of Fertility and Infertility in the Current Cattle Market.” 

The Iowa program at the Southwestern Iowa Community College campus in Creston begins with registration at 5:30 p.m., with the first presentation set for 6. Dinner is at 6:45, followed by more presentations. Cost is $25 per person and includes the meal and copy of the conference proceedings. Preregistration is required by Friday, Jan. 9, by calling the Page County Extension office at 712-542-5171 or 877-596-7243. The conference brochure has information for the Iowa location.

Program details, contacts and links to brochures for sites in Missouri and Nebraska are available on the conference website at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/feci/3stbeef/.