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Cow-Calf Day set for February

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news Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

STAPLES — The 2014 University of Minnesota Cow-Calf Day will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Feb 18, at Central Lakes College, Assembly Room — Staples.

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The 2014 Cow/Calf Day will focus on how to improve profits of cow/calf operations. This year’s program will debut two new members of the university’s Beef Team, Dr. Eric Mousel and Nicole Kenney-Rambo; Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo and Dr. Allen Bridges also will be featured.

What makes a cow/calf operation profitable? What is its value? How do we create value in our beef herd? Dr. Eric Mousel will address these questions in his presentation; “Drivers of Profitability in Minnesota Cow/Calf Herds”.

Nicole Kenney-Rambo will discuss the implementation of creep feeding, use of growth-promoting implants, and preconditioning programs and how incorporation of these practices can impact calf performance and farm profits in her presentation “Managing Calves Pre-Weaning for Profitability”.

The diverse palate of cattle gives many beef producers the opportunity to feed various, ‘non-traditional’ feeds and achieve excellent animal performance. Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo will address this topic in his presentation; “Managing Herd Profitability Through Alternative Feeds”.

Dr. Allen Bridges’ presentation “New Thoughts and Strategies for Heifer Selection and Development”, will focus on how to develop a beef heifer so she has maximum longevity and productivity in the herd and how breeding and selection for feed efficiency may impact productivity and profitability.

Registration for the meeting, which includes a meal and a proceedings booklet or CD, is $20 per person. Please pre-register for the meeting at least one week in advance with Brenda Miller (nels4220@umn.edu; 320-533-4655 or 320-732-4435). For more info check out the University of Minnesota Beef Team website at www.extension.umn.edu/beef.

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