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Form-A-Feed Professional Beef Conference
February 21 - February 22
Join Form-A-Feed on February 21st and 22nd for our Professional Beef Conference at Grand Falls Casino Resort in Larchwood, IA! You won’t want to miss our amazing line-up of speakers and the chance to network with peers! This year’s conference theme is “Surviving to Thriving.”
Register by February 14, 2018. For early bird pricing, register by January 26th, 2018!
Form-A-Feed Professional Beef Conference 2018
BEEF CONFERENCE DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 AT 1:00 P.M.
Generations of Feedlot Management Producer Panel
Within every feedlot operation it is no secret that in order to grow and sustain, they must continue to mentor the next generation of cattle feeders and managers. Teaching the ‘tools of the trade’ will allow the next generation to avoid making some of the same costly mistakes that some may have experienced through time in the business, but also provide insight into where some of the best time and investment was spent to gain the most reward. Through our panel discussion, you will hear from the perspective of a young generational cattle feeder just coming into the industry, a middle point of view from someone who has gone through the first round of management changes, and a senior point of view from a cattle feeder who has been through the changes this industry brings with it, both the good and the bad. Join us as we share those life lessons and technologies that have helped these feedlot representatives continue to thrive and grow in an ever changing industry.
Utilizing Stockmanship to Enhance Outcomes
Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz, PVC
In the rush of daily cattle work it can be easy to miss that last pull, or feel like it’s too hard to be able to get those last few out of the pen to treat. The impact that cattle handling has on the overall demeanor and workability of a pen of cattle is about more than just being able to move those cattle through the chute. It’s about using the chute to aid the cattle to help you figure out which ones need to be treated, reducing the incidence of toe abscesses or chute injuries due to flighty animals, and the overall goal of reducing cattle morbidity. In this presentation Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz will show you how proper stockmanship can reduce your overall pulls and increase your overall performance and bottom dollar.
Troy Brown, Form-A-Feed
Troy Brown will address the advantages of proper harvesting and storage best management practices, and focus on the best solution for multiple storage conditions. He will also cover the economic value of proper Kernel Processing and how it effects animal performance.
Keynote Speaker: Surviving to THRIVING
Mark Jewell is a speaker, trainer and coach serving individuals and organizations by helping them STOP surviving and START thriving in any behavior.
Leveraging his experience growing up on a unique farm in Minnesota, Mark brings stories from the past and turns them into relevant lessons today about what it takes to get out of survival mode and start thriving in all areas of life. For nearly 20 years, Mark has been dedicated to improving the lives of the people he works with and helping them reach their full potential.
BEEF CONFERENCE DAY 2: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 AT 8:00 A.M.
Where are we going as Cattle get Bigger?
Kelly Bruns, University of Nebraska
There are many factors which have contributed to our ability to market cattle at heavier weights. Does feeding cattle to heavier weights come at a cost? This presentation will explore the efficiencies created and potential inefficiencies.
The Value of Good Recordkeeping
Simon Kern, M.S., Form-A-Feed
In today’s world of business, people use recordkeeping for nearly everything, and have access to more data than they know what to do with. Yet when it comes to recordkeeping for our feedlot operations, we often times fall short. Regardless of the size of your yard, accurate recordkeeping can save and make you money. It is very difficult to improve when you don’t know your current position. Form-A-Feed has developed a program and accompanying service to assist our customers in making the first steps toward better record keeping. OPTIC is Form-A-Feed’s own web-based feedlot tracking program designed by us specifically for our customers. Learn more about this new tool and how it can help your operation strive.
The Current State of U.S. Agriculture and the Changes that are Coming
Joseph Kerns, Kerns & Associates
Changes are coming. Our sleepy commodity markets may have a bit more slumber, but make no mistake – changes are on the horizon. From world demand to packing plant capacity, the shifts in the socio-economic conditions across the world combined with US infrastructure developments will result in opportunities that will dwarf previous swings. Those that participate will be rewarded while those that fail to adapt and deal will continue to blame someone else for their woes.
Thank you to our Beef Conference Sponsors!
Register Below by January 26th, 2018 for Early Bird Rates!
Registration includes one room at Grand Falls Casino Resort for up to two people for the full conference. The cost is $70 if you register by January 26th, 2018 and $100 after that date. If you would like to register additional people for one room, please contact Sarah Kuechle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-422-3649.