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Driftless region beef conference features new UM faculty

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Two new beef specialists from the University of Minnesota will be featured at the upcoming Driftless Region Beef Conference, January 30-31, 2014, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Eric Mousel received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, and started with UM Extension in May. He is well-known for his expertise in applied reproductive strategies in beef cattle. He works mostly with cow/calf programs and is located in the Extension Regional Office in Grand Rapids. Mousel will be speaking during the general session on grazing cover crops, facilitate the evening ‘bull pen’ producer panel, and during a breakout session, he will discuss longevity of beef heifers.

Nicole Kenney received her B.S. at Texas A&M University and an M.S. in beef feedlot nutrition at the University of Kentucky. Nicole brings new energy and innovative applications to beef feedlot management. She is located in the Extension Regional Office in Willmar. Her breakout session presentation will discuss health and nutrition management for newly arrived feeder calves.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. on January 30 and run through 11:45 a.m. on January 31. Other key speakers include Jerry Hatfield, Garland Dahlke, Patrick Gunn and Lee Schultz, Iowa State University; Amber Radatz, Rhonda Gildersleeve, and Brian Holmes, University of Wisconsin; Eric Mousel and Nicole Rambo, University of Minnesota; and Travis Meteer, University of Illinois and Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska. Thursday’s afternoon program will focus on the competitive advantage of grain and beef production systems, with an evening discussion focused on extending the grazing season with cover crops and annuals. Friday morning’s program includes three breakout sessions for feedlot operations and three for cow-calf herds.

Registration for the conference is $80 before January 15 or $100 after January 15. Additional information about the conference is available at Registration will open for the conference on December 1.

The Driftless Region Beef Conference is sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the University of Minnesota Extension, and University of Wisconsin Extension. The planning team strives to deliver the latest in research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information or to receive a brochure, contact Denise Schwab at 319-721-9624.

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