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Tuesday, December 3
7:00 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. Welcome, Barry Dunn, dean, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, South Dakota State University
9:00 a.m. Current Policy Issues Affecting the Cattle Industry, Roger Bernard, policy analyst, Informa Economics
9:30 a.m. Current Trade Issues Affecting the Cattle Industry, Gregg Doud, president, Commodity Markets Council
10:00 a.m. Current Economic Picture for the Cow-calf Producer, Jim Robb, director, Livestock Marketing Information Center
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Perspective from a Marketer of Beef, to be announced
11:30 a.m. Limit-feeding Cows in Confinement Using Crop Residues or Low-quality Forages and High-energy Byproducts, Karla Jenkins, range management cow-calf specialist, University of Nebraska Panhandle Research & Extension Center, Scottsbluff, Neb.
Noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. Pregnant Cow Nutrition: Lifetime Effect on Replacement Heifer Progeny, Rick Funston, beef reproductive physiologist, University of Nebraska West Central Research & Extension Center, North Platte, Neb.
2:00 p.m. Pregnant Cow Nutrition: Effect on Progeny Carcass and Meat Characteristics, Amanda Blair, meat scientist, South Dakota State University
2:30 p.m. Effect of Post-AI Nutrition on Reproduction, Scott Lake, livestock specialist, University of Wyoming
3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. How Might Sexed Semen be Used Profitably in Commercial Beef Herds? John Hall, beef specialist, University of Idaho
4:00 p.m. Managing Annual Cow Costs, Julie Walker, beef specialist, South Dakota State University
4:30 p.m. Producer Panel: Increasing Profitability by Managing Cow Costs
  • Chip Ramsay, Rex Ranches, Nebraska
  • Ed Blair, Blair Bros., South Dakota
  • James Sewell, TA Ranch, Wyoming
6:00 p.m. Optional Dinner — prepaid ticket holders only
7:30 p.m. Bull Pen Sessions
7:30 p.m. New Electronic Tools for Cattle Management, facilitated by Adele Harty and Robin Salverson, cow-calf field specialists, South Dakota State University
Wednesday – December 4
7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Adding Value to Beef Production through the Use of Livestock Technology, Steve Paisley, beef specialist, University of Wyoming
8:30 a.m. Inspired Questions for Transitioning the Family Ranch, Dave Specht, Advising Generations LLC
9:00 a.m. Adding Value to the Home Operation to “Make Room” for Future Generations, Don Schiefelbein, Shiefelbein Farms, Minnesota
9:30 a.m. Getting Into the Beef Cattle Business from Scratch, Juan Reyes, M.R. Angus Ranch, Wyoming
10:00 am. Break
10:30 a.m. Sorting Through the Science, Marketing and Realities of DNA Tools for Genetic Prediction, Milt Thomas, beef geneticist, Colorado State University
11:00 a.m. Understanding and Applying Economically Relevant Traits and Indices for the Commercial Cattle Rancher, Mark Enns, beef geneticist, Colorado State University
11:30 a.m. From Imagination to Reality: Using DNA From an Exceptional Carcass to Produce a Sire or Donor Cow, Dean Hawkins, reproductive physiologist, West Texas A&M
Noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. Ignore the Impossible, Dane Rauschenberg, beef spokesrunner
2:00 p.m. A Cattle Feeders Perspective of How Ranchers Can Supply Cattle that Work in All Industry Segments, Tom Brink, Five Rivers Cattle Feeders
2:30 p.m. Economic Value of Managing Genetics, Lisa Elliott, commodity marketing Specialist, South Dakota State University
3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Balancing Animal Performance with Rangeland Management, Ken Olson, beef specialist, South Dakota State University
4:00 p.m. Range Weed Control During and After Drought, Darrell Deneke, IPM coordinator, South Dakota State University
4:30 p.m. Panel: Benefits of Integrating Conservation Programs into Rangeland Management, Al and Simone Wind, Wind Ranch, and Conservation Agency partners
6:00 p.m. Optional Dinner — prepaid ticket holders only
7:30 p.m. Bull Pen Sessions
Thursday – December 5
8:00 a.m. Road to Miss America and the Opportunities it Provided to Advocate for the AG Community, Teresa Scanlan, former Miss America
8:40 a.m. Redefining Preconditioning: The Past, Present and Future, Craig Uden, Darr Feedlot, Nebraska
9:20 a.m. Evolution of Missouri Show Me Program, “Quality by the Numbers,” Mike Kasten, QB Program Director, Missouri
9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Opportunities and Obstacles for Breeding Cattle Exports, Tony Clayton, Clayton AgriMarketing Inc.
11:10 a.m. Market Outlook, Chad Spearman, CattleFax

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