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Form-A-Feed Professional Beef Conference 2019

February 20, 2019 - February 21, 2019

Join Form-A-Feed for our 2019 Professional Beef Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Holiday Inn City Centre on February 20-21, 2019!

View the speaker line-up and agenda below!

For early bird pricing, register below by January 25th, 2019!











2019 Beef Conference Agenda

Beef Conference Day 1: Wednesday, February 20 at 1:00 PM

Cattle Value Discovery Panel

Panel members representing the feeder calf procurement, order-buying and the packer-buyer segments discuss value creation and discovery in today’s ever-evolving cattle markets. Topics surrounding genetics, dairy and beef crosses, management, size, weight and grade expectations that optimize value and risk for feedlot producers will be discussed.

Defining Value in High Moisture Corn and Earlage – Form-A-Feed Beef Team

Capturing the best value from corn acres harvested for the feedlot is the focus of this collaboration from the Form-A-Feed Beef Team. Information relating to optimizing form, processing, preservation, storage, feedout and ration strategies of ensiled corn grain will be discussed to offer feedlot operators perspective to make the best use of their corn crop.



Jerrid Sebesta is a former weatherman for KARE11 who left his high-profile career for a different direction. During Jerrid’s process of finding his true purpose and calling, he kept coming back to “why am I making the career and life decisions I am”, and “how can I make my dream a reality?”

Jerrid believes we need to be “positioned” with our mindset on life as well as our finances. In his presentation, Jerrid asks three questions. These questions are designed to challenge you to take an introspective look at your “why” and “how” in order for them to live with purpose.

Jerrid’s story will engage you to live with greater purpose and start “Livin’ the Dream!”

Beef Conference Day 2: Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 AM

beef conferenceThe 3 B’s: Beef, Banking & Building – David Karnopp, Nebraska Farm Credit Services

With tight margins in a volatile price environment how does one succeed and grow in the beef business? In an industry that is relying heavily on demand, quality and transparency an operation must find a way to protect and build their operation in an ever-changing global environment. Dave Karnopp will offer his insight on how to design your beef business from a lenders perspective. He will talk about building a business plan and what lenders are looking for to invest and form a partnership in cattle operations.

beef conferenceGrowing Calf Systems – Kelly Bruns, University of Nebraska

“You can blame the loss on the calf, blame the calf on the loss, but it ain’t my fault.” Effectively choosing the ideal backgrounding programming for a set of cattle is affected by a host of factors, some of which we can control and others we cannot. What do we need to know and how do we effectively develop a plan for cattle that can positively influence their end value.


beef conferencePrevention and Control of Heel Warts in Beef Cattle – Dr. Dorte Dopfer, University of Wisconsin Vet School

Hairy heel warts cause massive outbreaks of lameness and production losses in beef cattle. Awareness as to when this disease starts after receiving cattle in beef feed yards results in emphasis on prevention and delay of outbreaks by means of systematic monitoring for lesions followed by disinfecting foot baths. This talk will focus on risk factors for heel warts and preventive measures.


Register below for the 2019 Beef Conference by January 25th for Early Bird Pricing!

Registration for the 2019 Professional Beef Conference includes one room for up to two people for the full conference. The cost is $70 if you register by January 25, 2019, and $100 after that date.



February 20, 2019
February 21, 2019


Holiday Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls, SD