Cattlemen's Webinar Series

The 4 S's of Crossbreeding: Simple, Structured, Successful and Sustainable
March 22 at 7 p.m. Central Time

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Structured crossbreeding systems have been shown to have substantial impacts on the production efficiency of commercial cow-calf operations. Join the webinar to discuss keys for successful and profitable crossbreeding systems that enhance profit and sustainability. Managed heterosis, simple breeding systems and breed complementarity are the key value drivers you’ll learn about.

Megan Rolf, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Genetics, Kansas State University

Megan Rolf was raised on a cow/calf operation in east central Kansas and has been involved with livestock her entire life. She received a bachelor’s degree in animal science at Kansas State University and a M.S. degree in animal science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also earned her Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Missouri, where her research focused on the implementation of genomic evaluations in crossbred beef cattle.

After graduation, Megan was on faculty at Oklahoma State University for four years, where she served as a State Extension Beef Specialist. She joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Animal Breeding with a 60% research and 40% teaching appointment. She teaches one section of Genetics and maintains an active research program in the use of genomics for genetic improvement in livestock.

Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Professor and Beef Extension Specialist

Bob Weaber joined the faculty of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University in August of 2011 as Cow-Calf Extension Specialist and faculty coordinator of the K-State’s Purebred Unit. Previously, Weaber served in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri (MU) as Extension Specialist-Beef Genetics and was responsible for educational programming in the area of beef cattle genetics. Dr. Weaber also serves as central regional secretary of the Beef Improvement Federation, is a co-coordinator of the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium education programs and has served as a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Policy Division Board of Directors.

The focus of his extension and research programs have been to broaden the availability, use and understanding of genetic selection tools (Expected Progeny Differences, DNA markers and selection indexes) as well as performance data collection schemes implemented by cattle producers.

Dr. Weaber grew up on a cow-calf operation in southern Colorado and went on to earn a BS in animal science followed by a Master of Agriculture degree in the Beef Industry Leadership Program at Colorado State University. He completed his doctoral studies in the Animal Breeding and Genetics Group at Cornell University. 


Cattle Traceability Study Overview
April 3 at 7 p.m. Central Time

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Register to attend this webinar for a cattle traceability feasibility study overview conducted in response to a Core Strategic Initiative identified in the 2016 - 2020 Beef Industry Long Range Plan. The webinar will detail the research behind the report including results of producer and stakeholder surveys, economic analysis of obstacles and opportunities, and a look at other beef exporting country traceability efforts. Click here to find a copy of the Comprehensive Traceability Feasibility Study. Click here for information on the Beef Industry Long Range Plan.

Dave Juday, Senior Analyst at World Perspectives, Inc.

Dave Juday is a Senior Analyst with World Perspectives, Inc., where he contributes in a range of projects with especially strong expertise regarding livestock, dairy and poultry industry analysis. He authors a weekly livestock analysis for WPI’s Ag Perspectives.

Mr. Juday has been a primary analyst and researcher on projects for a wide range of Blue Ribbon clients from North America, Europe, South America and Asia. Mr. Juday’s analysis combines both policy and commercial expertise; prior to joining WPI, he successfully more than 15 U.S. food and agricultural products in Asia, Europe and South America.

From 1989 to January 1993, Mr. Juday served in the White House, in the Office of the Vice President, both as Special Assistant to the Vice President for Economic Policy and later as Deputy Director of Domestic Policy. Prior to that, he was an aide in the U.S. Senate, and was appointed Task Force Investigator of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. Juday has been widely published in the U.S. on agricultural, economic, and international trade issues, as well as having monographs published in the U.K. and Japan on livestock and trade issues. Juday was a presenter at the 8th World Conference on Animal Production in Seoul, Korea, and at the Economics Workshop at the most recent International Meat Secretariat meeting in Paris, France.

David Gregg, Consulting Projects Manager at World Perspectives, Inc.

David Gregg, Consulting Projects Manager for World Perspectives, Inc., has managed over 70 successful consulting engagements for WPI since 2012 on behalf of over 30 agri-food industry clients – including the U.S. Meat Export Federation, USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, and several blue chip private sector firms. In his current role, Mr. Gregg manages WPI’s consulting division, assisting clients with agricultural market and policy analysis. Mr. Gregg joined WPI after graduating from Georgetown University with a master’s covering business, economics, and international affairs.

In addition to his consulting experience, Mr. Gregg brings on-the-ground production agriculture perspective to each client engagement. When away from his desk, Mr. Gregg along with his wife and three children pitch in to support operations on a family-owned, commercial cow-calf operation in Southeastern Oregon.


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