Welcome to the Angus Journal’s coverage of the 2015 Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS), which is scheduled to be Nov. 16-19, 2015, at The Ranch, an event center on the Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland, Colo.
The Range Beef Cow Symposium is sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service and animal science departments of the University of Wyoming, South Dakota State University, Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska. The biennial symposium has a reputation of being an excellent educational program, offering practical production management information since the first symposium in Chadron, Neb., in 1969.
The event rotates between Colorado, western Nebraska, western South Dakota and Wyoming. Focusing on beef production issues in the Western states, the symposium regularly attracts 800-1,200 attendees and more than 80 agribusiness vendors for the three-day event.
Some new, some tradition
This year's event features some new attractions the afternoon and evening prior to the traditional program. Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) coordinators for the four host states will host certification workshops beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. Curt Pate will present a BQA stockmen and stewardship session at 3, followed by a BQA wrap-up at 5.
Leachman Cattle of Colorado will host a preconvention reception and seminar at 5:30 and 6 p.m., respectively.
Also new this year is a focus on young producers, who are invited to a social Monday evening and an inspirational breakfast Tuesday morning.
The traditional program begins Tuesday morning at 8:45. Topics range from heifer selection to consumer insights and from range management to marketing. See the Schedule page for full details.
Evening Bull Pen Sessions are one of the most popular and unique aspects of the Range Beef Cow Symposium. The sessions provide time for attendees to ask specific questions of speakers and to discuss more in-depth the day's topics. The majority of symposium speakers will be present Tuesday or Wednesday evening following their respective presentation.
Commercial displays representing many segments of the industry are an integral part of the symposium. Exhibitors will be present to introduce new products and discuss their product lineups.
Meeting hosts have kept participant registration costs to a minimum — $79, with student and young producer passes available for $25. Optional add-ons include Tuesday night's dinner (a beef sampler) and tickets to the Colorado Eagles hockey game Wednesday night. Tickets are available with meeting registration on the Registration page.
Angus Media will bring you coverage of the event on this website. Browse through the site now to review the program, find a listing of hotels near The Ranch, see who will be attending as vendors and register for the symposium. You can also browse through an archive of Angus Journal coverage of the 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 events. During and after the conference, Angus Journal will post summaries of the sessions, along with the PowerPoint presentations and proceedings, if available, and audio of the sessions in the Newsroom.
For more information about the symposium, contact CSU hosts Kevin Pond, head of the Department of Animal Science, at 970-491-7295 or Jason Ahola, assistant professor of beef management systems, at 605-394-2236. For more information about this website, contact Shauna Hermel at 816-383-5270.
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