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2015 UF/IFAS Beef Cattle Short Course May 13-15

15 Beef Short Course HeaderThe 64th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course will be held at the University of Florida May 13-15! The Beef Cattle Short Course is considered one of the premier beef cattle educational events in the Southeast and Gulf Coast regions with significance nationally and globally. The course addresses issues for beef cattle enterprises at an elevated level of management skill with practical applications for every beef cattle producer, in Florida and beyond. The course focuses on unique challenges facing our beef industry, beef production issues, urban growth, global competition, changing consumer demands, and economic and environmental sustainability. Every year, this short course leads the industry in covering subject areas and topics prior to those issues becoming management concerns. Participants get to hear contrasting, alternative, and complimentary ideas about the beef cattle enterprise.

Short of paying a professional consultant, there is no better source of information for beef cattle producers than the Florida Beef Cattle Short Course.  The annual event brings together cattlemen, University of Florida Extension faculty and staff to hear nationally recognized speakers, from UF, other academia institutions, and industry. We partner with our valuable Allied Industry partners to bring you a viable and diverse Tradeshow, sharing industry and product specific information. Annually, approximately 30 trade representatives have booths available to demonstrate products and distribute information. In addition, each year, part of a day is spent at one of the Department of Animal Sciences research and teaching units for hands – on demonstrations.

We invite you to attend the Florida Beef Short Course and come away with new and innovative knowledge about the beef cattle industry!  $ 125 Early registration ends May 1.  After May 1 registration is $ 165.  For more details, registration information, directions, and hotel accommodations go to:  2015 Beef Cattle Short Course, or download the printer friendly brochure:  2015 Beef Short Course Brochure

Agenda:

2015 Theme:  “Building on Success”

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

1:00pm Welcoming Remarks – Dr. Geoff Dahl
1:15pm Cattlemen Comments – Henry Kempfer, President of the FCA
1:30pm What Kind of Beef Should We Be Producing – Fixing the Current Beef Industry Model – Bill Helming, Bill Helming Consulting
3:00pm Break
3:30pm Perspectives on Production – Sustainability, Production, and Products – Ernie Meier, McDonalds Corp.
4:15pm Market Outlook – John Michael Riley, Mississippi State University
5:00pm Panel Discussion on Beef Production
5:45pm Reception

Thursday, May 14, 2015

8:30am Impact of Heat Stress on Female Fertility – Pete Hansen, University of Florida
9:15am The Missing Piece of the Fertility Equation – Joel Yelich, University of Florida
10:00am Break
10:30am What Does it Take to Start an AI Program – Cliff Lamb, University of Florida
11:15am Use of Early Weaning to Affect Cow Reproduction – John Arthington, University of Florida
12:00pm Leave for Lunch, Horse Teaching Unit
Afternoon Demonstrations
1:30pm Session 1:
Reproductive Anatomy
2:00pm Session 2:
Use of an AI Breeding Box
Calf Delivery
Pregnancy Testing-Blood Sample Protocol
3:30pm   Break
3:45pm Session 3:
Appropriate Bull Selection & Management
Selection of Synchronization Protocols for the Cow Herd
Cow Body Condition Score and Reproduction
6:00pm Steak Out!

Friday, May 15, 2015

8:30am Range Cattle REC Research Update
9:00am Agronomy Research Update
9:30am Economics of Herd Expansion – Chris Prevatt, University of Florida
10:15am Break
10:30am Gainesville Research Update
11:00am North Florida REC Research Update
11:30am How Long Does This Production Model Work? – Trey Warnock, Amarillo Brokerage
12:15pm Wrap and Adjourn


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