2012 Presentations and Materials

Managing Resources, Partnerships and Agency Relationships
The new era of ranching is characterized by progressive management, scientifically guided riparian or upland restoration, land health assessment and monitoring, and bridge-building among ranchers, environmentalists, federal and state agency personnel, academics and the public. Learn how to more effectively manage resources and partnerships to positively impact your bottom line and quality of life.
Managing Resources - Bill Hopkin 
Strategies to Impact Feed Efficiency
Hear about the need for improved feed efficiency in the beef industry, including insight into benchmark data showing the current status of feedlot close-out data. The role of genomics in the genetic improvement of this complex trait will be discussed. The session will highlight the large national effort underway to develop genomic selection and management tools to improve feed efficiency in beef cattle. 
Beef Cattle Feed Efficiency - Dan Shike (University of Illinois) 
Selection for Improved Feed Efficiency - Matt-Spangler, Ph.D. (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) 
National Program for the Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle 
Strategies to Improve Beef Safety
Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) scientists have developed a multitude of food safety interventions that have enhanced beef safety. Hear about their past successes and gain a visionary look at food safety strategies and technologies. Learn more about mitigating the potential environment impact of pathogens from manure, interventions to control of E. coli O157:H7, and genomic approaches for controlling foodborne pathogens. Expect cutting-edge research and application of technologies in this session.
Strategies to Improve Beef Safety: Mitigating the Potential Environmental Impact of Pathogens from Manure - Elaine Berry (USDA) 
Finding Profitability in Volatile Times
The beef industry faces unprecedented volatility and is increasingly influenced by external factors, yet the opportunities for cow-calf and stocker profitability are promising. However, prospering this business environment calls for disciplined, objective and innovative strategies. Learn how to navigate in uncharted territory by identifying key factors that influence your bottom line. 
Finding Profitability in Volatile Times - Nevil Speer, PhD (Western Kentucky University) 
The 300-Day Grazing System
High input costs have placed renewed emphasis on the grazing resource. Learn how to implement management changes to enhance the utilization of grown forages and reduce dependency on fertilizer, supplemental feed and fuel. This session will focus on stockpiled forages, rotational grazing, complimentary forages, legume establishment and efficient management of hay. This session is sure to provide new insights and opportunities to improve profitability.
The 300 days grazing system 
300 Days Grazing Program (University of Arkansas System) 
Genetics to Create Cows: Applying 35 Years of Genetic Research
Leading scientists from MARC will share the results of their 35-plus years of work in assessing beef cattle genetics. Topics include; how breeds have changed over the past 30 years, the role of cow size, breed complimentarity and heterosis on beef efficiency; and the effective use of terminal sires and maternal composites in herds of all sizes.
Cow Efficiency: Heterosis, Complementarity & Size - Gary Bennett (USDA) 
Use of Terminal Sires and Maternal Composites in Herds of All Sizes - R. Mark Thallman (USDA) 
How Breed Differences have Changed - Larry Kuehn (UDSA) 
The Genetics of Disease
Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) complex is a major cause of illness and death in cattle from 6 weeks to two years of age. Recent developments in molecular genetics and genotyping platforms offer unique opportunities to use modern genomic tools to manage the future health of beef cattle. This session covers basics of BRD, selection for disease resistance, and the proposed development of DNA tests to enable the selection of BRD-resistant animals and more. 
The Genetics of Disease Resistance and Susceptibility - R. Mark Enns (Colorado State University) 
Integrated Program for Reducing Bovine Respiratory Disease in Beef and Dairy Cattle - Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D. (University of California, Davis) 
What Do Feeders Want?
Cow-calf and stocker operators work hard to produce calves that meet the demands and expectations of the feeding sector. Hear directly from the primary buyers of feeder calves to learn more about the characteristics they most demand. The results of a recent study that evaluated the primary factors affecting feeder calf prices will also be shared. Knowledge gained in this session will prepare producers to create feeder calves aligned with market demand.
What Feeders Want - John Butler (BMG Feedyards) 
What Buyers Want - Lance Zimmerman (CattleFax) 
What Feedyards are Looking for in Feeder Cattle They Buy - Tom Brink (JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding) 
Instrument Grading: A Report Card
Once viewed as a pipe dream, instrument grading is now commonplace in the packing sector. Hear the results of a new research study that evaluated the effectiveness of instrument grading in accurately assessing factors that influence palatability and consumer experience.
Instrument Grading - A Historical View - J.O. Reagan, Ph.D. (NCBA) 
Instrument Grading - A Report Card (USDA) 

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