Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2013 Ohio Beef Cattle School

The Ohio State University Extension Beef Team is announcing the upcoming 2013 Ohio Beef Cattle School. This monthly series will begin on Tuesday, January 29, and continue on February 26 and March 19, 2013, and will start each evening at 7:00 p.m. The programs will address some of the most important issues currently facing Ohio's beef industry. Dynamic forces are constantly shaping the beef industry's landscape and successful producers need to stay abreast of changes to remain competitive.

The January 29, 2013, program features two well-respected and recognizable industry names serving as resources for that session. Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle Company of Colorado, and Dr. Nevil Speer, Professor of Animal Science at Western Kentucky University, will discuss the subject "Breeding Considerations in Today's Beef Industry." Leachman will discuss how crossbreeding can add profit to the producer's bottom line, practical methods to adopt a crossbreeding program, and making right-sized cows. Dr. Speer will discuss the apparent de-emphasis on heterosis by some commercial cow-calf producers and how advanced genetic selection tools, an evolving genetic base, and the growth of quality-driven markets have contributed to this phenomenon.

The February 26, 2013, program will focus on the topic "Squeezing Every Dollar out of Forage Production." Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension-Wayne Co. and Chris Penrose, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension-Morgan Co., will be the speakers that evening. They will address extending the grazing season, hay production, weed control, and drought recovery.

The final installment of the school will be held on March 19, 2013, and will focus on "Enterprises to Remain Competitive in the Beef Industry." John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator, Jeff McCutcheon, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension-Morrow County, and a variety of producers will present options such as backgrounding, stockering, targeting branded programs, raising replacement heifers, and raising embryo calves as unique marketing options.

These sessions will follow a similar format used in the past as each session will be broadcast locally via an internet link at a variety of locations around state.

OSU Extension in Shelby and Darke counties are co-hosting this web-based internet school at the Shelby County Extension Office in Sidney, 820 Fair Rd., Sidney, OH 45365. The cost will be $10 per person. Contact Sam Custer at (937) 548-5215 or Deborah Brown at 937.498.7239 to register to attend by January 22, 2013.

For more detailed information, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

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