June 30, 2004 | By: Haven Miller

Beef producers can learn about new technologies and keep up with markets at two August conferences. A new project to track cattle and use the information in making the beef enterprise more profitable is one of the beef cattle conference highlights.

“Producers who want to get an inside view of where their beef industry is headed should not miss this meeting,” said John Johns, beef cattle specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

The Kentucky Beef Conference has two days and locations: On Tuesday, Aug. 10 it will be at Kentucky Dam Village, and on Wednesday Aug. 11 it will be at the Cave City Convention Center.

Producers who attend will have a chance to learn about where the beef market is going from Cattlefax, one of the best-known marketing strategy organizations.  Conference sessions also will provide the latest information on how Kentucky cattle perform in the feedlot, and how they compare on a carcass basis with cattle from other states.

Dr. Harlan Hughes, agricultural economist from South Dakota, will help producers develop marketing programs that fit Kentucky’s cattle farms.

“Producers rarely have a chance to hear both National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattlefax analysts and Harlan Hughes on the same program, much less a few miles from home,” said Lee Meyer, UK Extension livestock marketing specialist.

The conferences also offers the opportunity to hear about the status of the emerging national cattle identification program.

“The new ID system is going to affect all U.S. farm animal industries, and the Kentucky Beef Conferences will be opportunities to get the latest and most accurate information,” said Jim Akers, beef IRM coordinator who serves on the team developing the U.S. Animal ID Plan.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. CDT (both locations are Central Time). Lunch and materials are included in the $10 registration fee. To register or obtain more information contact your county Cooperative Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. While early registration is encouraged, participants also may register at the door.


Sources: Lee Meyer, 859-257-7272, ext. 228; John Johns, 859-257-2853