Southern Illinois Beef Conference Set For July 18

   For practical, reliable beef production information, plan to attend the Southern Illinois Beef Conference, hosted by University of Illinois Extension on Friday, July 18 at the Applied Science Center, Rend Lake College, in Ina, Ill.
   “This conference brings together experts from the industry, U of I, and National Resources Conservation Service (NCRS) to meet educational needs of cow-calf producers in the region,” said Teresa Steckler, an Extension animal systems and beef specialist. “Participants will have the opportunity to visit with other beef producers to learn about their successes and challenges.”
   Topics and speakers for the day will include:
   • How the FDA decision on antibiotic use affects cattlemen – James Pettigrew, U of I professor emeritus, animal sciences
   • Financial and forage production benefits of adaptive high-stock density grazing – Warren King, project manager, The Pasture Project
   • Why are my cows/heifers not getting bred? New research may shed some light – Teresa Steckler, U of I Extension specialist
   • Marketing cattle: What are buyers wanting? – Glen Gordon Jr., Coordinated Feeder Services, United Producers, Inc.
   • Essential practices for optimal grazing management – Roger Staff, NRCS grassland/grazing specialist
   Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and opening remarks begin at 9:15 a.m. Register by July 11 to receive the discount rate of $15. Late and at-door registration is $20, but lunch cannot be guaranteed.
   Register online at
   For more information, contact Teresa Steckler at 618-695-4917 or ∆
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