Genetic Management Conference December 9
Livestock Update, November 1996
Ike Eller, Animal and Poultry Science
The state wide one day Virginia Beef Genetic Management Conference is scheduled to be held Monday, December 9, at the Ingleside Resort and Conference Center at Staunton, Virginia between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:20 pm. An outstanding program has been put together on the theme "Positioning Beef Genetics For the Future." This outstanding conference should appeal to commercial cow/calf producers, purebred breeders and others interested in profitable beef cattle. A really outstanding group of knowledgeable and interesting speakers will be on tap for this important industry educational event.
Lead off speaker will be Reggie Reynolds, Executive Secretary of the Virginia Cattlemen's Association whose topic will be "Genetic Challenges for Virginia Cattle Producers." The topic "Current and Future Feedlot Requirements of Cow/Calf Producers" will be handled by Gary Teague, an innovative cattle feeder from Wiggins, Colorado. "Alliances and Their Implications for Cattle Breeders and Producers" will be handled by Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch and US Premium Beef at Ashland, Kansas. Roy Wallace, Beef Manager for Select Sires, Inc., at Plain City, Ohio will speak on the subject "Balancing Carcass and Production-The Power of Breeds and Sires." Patsy Houghton of Heartland Cattle Company at McCook, Nebraska who has extensive experience in heifer development and breeding will handle the topic "Making Cows Out of Heifers." Bill Brockett, operator of the Virginia Beef Corporation, at Haymarket, Virginia will speak on the topic "My Genetic Requirements and Experiences With Retained Ownership." "The Right Genetics and Flexibility Are the Keys" will be the topic of Ernie Reeves from Mossy Creek Farm, Mt. Solon, Virginia. The final presentation entitled "The Take Home Message For Seedstock Breeders" will be presented by Paul Bennett, Past Beef Improvement Federation President, and partner in Knoll Crest Farm, at Red House, Virginia.
An excellent beef lunch will be served and a copy of the conference proceedings will be available for all who attend.
In addition to the program, commercial trade show exhibitors will be on hand including Virginia Farm Credit Association, Merck & Co., First Union Bank, King Ag Products, Va.-N.C. Select Sires, Southern States Coop, Accelerated Genetics, Bayer and Fort Dodge Animal Health.
Programs may be obtained from county extension offices. Those attending are asked to pre-register by sending their preregistration by November 29 to A. L. Eller, Jr., Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 240610306. 540/231-9163. A registration fee of $25.00 per person will include lunch and a copy of the proceedings. You may mail the registration fee or pay at the door upon arrival. You may clip the pre-registration form from this publication, fill it out and mail as directed.