“Succeeding in a Challenging Beef Industry” is the focus of the 2017 Tri-State Cow-Calf Symposium and Trade Show scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10 in Goodland, Kansas.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. MST with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. and running thru 4 p.m. MST at the Goodland Elks Lodge. The symposium is held in conjunction with a trade show. Attendees will have time to visit with industry representatives and view their materials throughout the day. 

The annual symposium rotates between Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado and is a joint effort between K-State Research & Extension, University of Nebraska Extension and Colorado State University Extension. The goal of the symposium is to provide a venue to share both research data and ideas that can help producers be more successful in contributing to the world’s food supply and to their local communities. 

The program will begin with a discussion by John Holman, K-State cropping systems agronomist, on integrating crop and livestock systems. A panel of producers will follow and share their experience with this process. Panel members will include representatives from Maddux Cattle Co., Wauneta, Nebraska, and CSF Farms, Siebert, Colorado. 

Cow-calf producers are dealing with higher costs and much tighter margins compared to a few years ago. Erin Laborie, University of Nebraska beef systems extension educator, will share ideas on the use of technology to improve cow herd efficiency.  

After lunch and visiting the trade show, attendees will learn about the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef from a producer member of the roundtable, Debbie Lyons-Blythe, Blythe Family Farms, White City, Kansas, and Clayton Huseman, roundtable member and Kansas Livestock Association executive director-feedlot division. 

Lyons-Blythe said, “Sustainability isn’t just a buzz word that is the current focus of our society. It is an important topic; one that farmers and ranchers take very seriously.”

Huseman and Lyons-Blythe will explain what brought all segments of the beef industry together to form the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Production and the group’s vision for continued improvement in the sustainability of U.S. beef production.

Chuck Schroeder, University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute executive director, will talk about the “Future of Rural America: Opportunities and Challenges.” Many in the tri-state region are familiar with this Palisade, Nebraska, native who has served in a number of leadership roles including the founding CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and president and executive director of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Schroeder was also involved with his family farming, ranching and cattle feeding enterprise, Schroeder Cattle Co., for about 30 years until it sold in 2004.

Next on the program will be a producer panel with the charge of discussing how they are diversifying profit centers. Panel members will be Gary Teague, Teague Diversified, Fort Morgan, Colorado; Ron Maifeld, St. Francis, Kansas; and Travis Chrisman, Wauneta, Nebraska.


Pre-registration is $30 by Feb. 3. Registration will be available at the door for $35. Included in the registration fee will be Trade Show activities, coffee and rolls, meal and handouts from the presenters. Complete program information and registration forms are available online at www.sunflower.K-State.edu or www.KSUBeef.org.