Southern Illinois Beef Conference Set For March 16

   For practical, reliable beef production information, plan to attend the Southern Illinois Beef Conference, hosted by University of Illinois     Extension on Friday, March 16 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:
   • Genomically-Enhanced EPDs: What are They – Jonathan Beever, PhD, U of I professor, animal sciences  
   • Diagnosing and treating common causes of lameness in cattle – Edgar Garrett, DVM, Clinical Instructor, U of I Veterinary Medicine
   • The Macro and Micro of Cattle Mineral – Rebecca Atkinson, PhD, Associate Professor, Southern IL University
   • Deworming and its effects on Reproductive Efficiency – Corey Givens, Senior Sales Rep., Merial
   • Nutrient Management for Productive Pasture - Talon Becker, PhD, University of Illinois Extension, Comm. Ag.
   Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and opening remarks begin at 9:15 a.m. Register by March 10 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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