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Profitable strategies to highlight Cattlemen’s Update

Posted 12/16/2009

ELKO — The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will hold its annual Cattleman’s Update from Jan. 4-8 in various Nevada communities and through interactive video.

The workshops, also sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency, Pfizer Animal Health and the Nevada Cattleman’s Association, will focus on beef cow management strategies that help ranchers improve their bottom line while maintaining quality.

The featured speaker for the three-hour workshops will be Dr. Tom Geary, a USDA Animal Scientist who will discuss nutritional and reproductive management of beef cows. Dr. David Thain, a veterinarian with Cooperative Extension, will discuss animal health strategies for beef cattle and UNCE beef specialist Dr. Ben Bruce will discuss range management strategies that help boost profits. Ron Torell, a UNCE livestock specialist, will discuss management strategies of beef cows that pay and adhere to the standards of the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. Incoming Cattlemen’s Association president Ron Cerri will also speak briefly on current issues affecting the beef industry in Nevada. At most locations, a local veterinarian will be on hand to discuss animal health issues of community concern.

“I encourage ranchers to bring their entire crew to the program, including spouse and working-age children, and anyone who wants to learn more about management strategies for beef cattle that pay and are BQA friendly,” Torell said.

Torell said the information presented will help Nevada ranchers remain successful in "a global market which is currently experiencing turbulent economic times."

"Business as usual will not keep your operation above water in the future," Torell said. "Sound management is the key to survival and the information presented here may help you stay afloat through this tumultuous period.”

Here are the dates, times and locations for the workshops:

  • Monday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. Washoe County Extension Office, Reno.
    (Interactive video sites: Eureka Extension Office; Caliente Extension Office; Tonopah Extension Office; Logandale Extension Office, Lovelock Extension Office and Klamath Falls, Ore., Extension office. All sites are tentative. Please call Dr. Thain for verification at 775-784-1377.
  • Monday, Jan. 4, 6 p.m. Multipurpose Building, Fallon.
    (Refreshments sponsored by Churchill County Cattlewomen and Lahontan Valley Veterinary Clinic.)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 5 p.m. White Pine County Convention Center, Ely.
    (Dinner compliments of local sponsors.)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 6, 12:30 p.m. Elko Convention Center, Elko.
    (Social hour follows, compliments of local sponsors.)
  • Thursday, Jan. 7, 10:30 a.m. Humboldt County Extension Office, Winnemucca.
    (Lunch sponsored by Rose Feeds and Livestock supply and Humboldt County Cattlewomen.)
  • Friday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m. Wellington Community Hall, Wellington.
    (Lunch and hall sponsored by Pinenut Livestock Supply and Snyder Livestock.)

Other program sponsors include Intermountain Farmer’s Association, Stockman’s supply, Pinenut Livestock Supply, Rose Feeds and Livestock Supply, American AgCredit, Neff Mill, Snyder Livestock, Intermountain Beef Producers, Ivesco Animal Health, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Anipro, Norvartis Animal Health, TriMerit-GAM, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Lahontan Valley Veterinary Clinic and Churchill and Humboldt County Cattlewomen.

A $20 per-ranch registration fee at the door includes the popular “Red Book” and refreshments. For more information, contact program coordinators Ron Torell (775) 738-1721 or torellr@unce.unr.edu , David Thain (775) 784-1377 or Ben Bruce (775) 784-1624.

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