Conference Agenda

Cattle on a pasture

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

1:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m.

Educational Seminar

Global Market Overview
Dan Basse, President, AgResource Company
Review a summary of the global marketplace, including grains, livestock and financials. While effects of the global marketplace cannot be controlled, Dan’s insight can help you prepare for the changes.

Vaccine Timing for Feedyards: On Arrival or DelayedBrian Vander Ley, Great Plains Veterinary Education Center, University of Nebraska
Can we improve both cattle health and labor efficiency by delaying processing? Review current research evaluating alternative-arrival vaccination strategies.

Limit Feeding a Single Step-up Diet to Save Labor and Enhance Cattle Efficiency
Dale Blasi, Kansas State University
Multiple transition diets increase operation labor and logistics. Research offers an alternative approach to step-up diets that can reduce operational labor while programing gain and maintaining feed efficiency.

Optimizing Genetics through Rumen and Immune ResiliencySam Barringer, DVM, Commander - Air Force Reserves Medical Team
Animal health is pivotal to ensure genetic investment results in high-quality beef. Dr. Barringer will present alternative management opportunities to address health challenges that affect the immune system, as a way to capture genetic investments.

Tyson Overview on Procurement and Sales
John Gerber and Kevin Hueser, Tyson
The Tyson leadership team will provide a company overview with insight into cattle procurement and beef sales approach.

5:30 p.m.

Adjourn until Awards Banquet

Industry Achievement Awards Banquet

6:00 p.m.


6:45 p.m.

Blockchain: Application to the Beef Supply Chain Nigel Gopie, Ph.D., Marketing Leader for IBM Food Trust, IBM Blockchain
If you haven’t heard of Blockchain, you will. Learn how this concept works and understand its application for the beef industry from the people building it.

7:30 p.m.

Dinner and Award Recognition 

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018

7:00 a.m.

Hotel Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to

Registration and Educational Seminar Resumes

Influence of Weaning Vaccine Selection on Pre-Breeding Vaccine Options
Paul Walz, Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Learn how your fall vaccination choices can affect calf health today and influence your choices next spring when selecting vaccines prior to breeding.

Vitamin and Mineral Formulations: What We Learned from the Vitamin A Shortage
Jeff Heldt, Micronutrients
As vitamin A production comes back online, will you return to vitamin and mineral formulations of the past? Now is a good time to re-evaluate your vitamin and mineral programs from the cow to the feedyard to maximize quality beef production.

A Cow-Calf Perspective on Grid Marketing Trends
Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef LLC
The premiums for high-quality cattle have evolved as quality grade continues to improve across the industry. Learn how the changes influencing grid value can be used to focus your breeding and management decisions.

Genetic Selection for Ranch Environment while Meeting Market Demand
Dan Moser, American Angus Association®
Consumer demand for quality continues to grow while matching the cowherd to the ranch environment remains a priority. Hear how cattle genetics today offer the opportunity to achieve both goals.

Replacement Heifer Selection and Development Strategies for Longevity
Rick Funston, University of Nebraska
Methods to ensure a high percentage of heifers are cycling prior to breeding are well documented. New research looks at the role pre-breeding management and development play in building a cowherd for the long term.