UW to host Cattlemen's Boot Camp in September
Timely information for purebred and commercial producers from academic and industry professionals is the focus of the Cattlemen's Boot Camp Sept. 28 to 29, at the University of Wyoming.
The Department of Animal Science and the American Angus Association are hosting the event.
"We are excited to partner with any organization such as the American Angus Association on educational programs that will benefit our producer clientele," said Doug Hixon, head of the animal science department in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. "We are pleased to be able to offer such a relevant agenda of topics with high-quality speakers at a very reasonable cost."
Camps are funded by the Angus Foundation and feature a day and a half of educational materials and speakers, according to the AAA.
Registration is $75 per person and includes meals and educational materials. Registration forms are due by Sept. 4. Late registrations and walk-ins will not be accepted.
Associate Professor Warrie Means, assisted by UW Meat Judging Team coach Zeb Gray and Meat Lab manager Kelcey Christensen, will give a presentation on understanding carcass grades and value.
"Along with input and production costs, carcass value is the most important factor influencing profitability of many cattle operations," said Means. "A good understanding of carcass grades and how they affect carcass value is an integral part of cattle marketing and relates to genetic selection, cattle management and marketing strategies."
Means' presentation will use carcasses and the resources of the UW Meat Laboratory producers don't often have access to commercially.
"Cattle producers are in the business of producing food--more specifically, beef," said Means. "Often, producers know less about their final end product than they do about the production process. The Cattlemen's Boot Camp will help fill this void."
According to Hixon, the cowherd nutrition and reproductive management presentation on Friday by assistant professor Scott Lake will be of special importance especially with drought conditions persisting in Wyoming. Also, Wyoming State Veterinarian Jim Logan will discuss herd health issues of specific importance to Wyoming producers.
"An added feature that will also mesh with our Friday noon seminar series will be a presentation by UW Business College alumni Paul Andrews, president and chief executive officer of the National Western Stock Show, who will present the current vision for the future of the NWSS, including plans for relocation," said Hixon.
Assistant professor Allison Meyer will speak about fetal programming and its effect on carcass composition and quality grade. An economic presentation by Dillon Feuz, livestock marketing and farm management specialist at Utah State University, caps off the sessions Saturday.
A complete schedule of topics is on the American Angus Association website at https://www.angusonline.org/event/bootcamp/Docs/UW_reg_form.pdf; online registration and a downloadable registration form are available at www.angusonline.org/event/bootcampmain.aspx; mail registration forms to Misty Taylor at the American Angus Association, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, Mo., 64506; additional information is available at www.uwyo.edu/anisci.