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Beef and crops conferences and tours in June

Now that the crop is in, and cattle are out on green grass
there are events coming up later this month for both crop and livestock
producers you may not want to miss….pack your bags and make a tour out of these
separate events. You’ll come home a way lot smarter.


What a better place to start this tour than at the one-day
Beef Symposium running as part of a joint meeting between the Canadian Society
of Animal Science and the Canadian Meat Science Association.

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The June 18 symposium runs from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at
Banff Park Lodge. Each presentation runs for about half an hour and the
schedule covers a wide range of topics. Agenda topics covered by various
speakers include:

Industry overview, new opportunities – Reynold
Bergen, Beef Cattle Research Council.

Industry economics, market stressors — Karen
Larson, Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC).

Genetic drivers of cow-calf profitability —
University of Guelph

Forage and water management in cow-calf systems
— Bart Ladner, WBDC.

Bovine respiratory disease, predisposing factors
for bacterial pneumonia — Oklahoma State University.

Acidosis, mitigation strategies — University of

Welfare/management practices to increase production
— Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Ag Canada, Lethbridge, AB.

Food safety, mitigating pathogens — USDA

Meat quality and improving carcass value —
Jennifer Aalhus, Ag Canada, Lacombe, AB.

So depending where you are in the beef business, those are
all good topics. Thanks to several symposium sponsors such as Alberta Livestock
and Meat Agency (ALMA) and MNP there is no cost to attend the symposium and
coffee is provided. To have a seat reserved, contact Trevor Alexander, Ag
Canada Lethbridge, to register. Email:  [email protected]


You’re going to have to kill a day or so in Banff and then
head into Calgary for the June 20 and 21st  University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine
school beef conference being held at the Coast Plaza Hotel in northeast
Calgary, just off Highway 1.

In this third annual event they also have a fully-packed
agenda covering a wide range of animal health topics and the latest research.
These speakers run anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes each over the two days.

Some of the topics include: early detection of disease in
feedlot cattle; tongue mutilations in feedlot cattle (I haven’t heard of that
one); copper toxicity in replacement heifers; animal welfare issues including
transportation and pain management; winter feeding of beef cows; and mineral
feeding is a year-round program. Full conference registration is $250 and one-day
registration is $150. There are also separate workshops and a Thursday evening
dinner, all at extra cost. For full details and registration information visit
the UCVM website at:


For more of an in-the-field look at beef cattle research
travel over to Lanigan, Saskatchewan, June 25 for the 15th annual
Western Beef Development Centre summer field day.

Based at the Tremuende research station, presentations will
cover: tools for raising successful replacements; producer challenges in breeding
heifers and young cows; and dryland grass breeding in Saskatchewan. After lunch
there will be bus tours looking at various projects such as stockpiled forage
grazing; grazing sanfoin; RFID ear tag testing results; a post-mortem on winter
feeding; absinthe control in pasture; and pain management and the Beef Code of

The day wraps up with a steak BBQ at a cost of $10

For more information on the field day visit the WBDC website


And to wind down after all that talk about beef, plan to
attend an afternoon Precision Farm Tour at the farm of

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 Craig Shaw at Lacombe,
AB June 26 starting at 1 p.m.

Shaw’s Durango Farms, working with Farmers’ Edge has long
been involved in various farm-scale research projects. This is the eighth
annual tour.

Topics to be covered, and observed where possible include:
Controlled Traffic Farming, year three; canola seeding with precision vacuum
planter, year two; variable rate fertilizer, fungicides and plant growth
regulators; drainage tile in central Alberta (in case you have wet fields like the guy at right) ; telematics – data transfer and
record keeping; and winter wheat in rotation, under controlled traffic farming.

The tour starts at 1 p.m. four miles east of Lacombe, north
off Highway 12, directly north of the Pioneer elevator. There is no cost and no
need to register…just be there at 1 p.m.

Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner
based in Calgary. Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]





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Lee Hart

Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.



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