Beef producers won’t want to miss the Beef Symposium, once again offered in conjunction with the popular FarmSmart Conference at the University of Guelph mid-January. Now in its 15th year the FarmSmart Conference has grown each year, last year attracting over 1000 delegates to the event and organizers of the events are excited by the opportunities this continued partnership presents.
“We continue to build on the momentum gained from previous years and we are hopeful that we can exceed our expectations in both attendance and caliber of speakers for 2013,” says Brian Pogue, Beef Cattle Program Lead with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and co-chair of the Beef Symposium.
The symposium program includes practical profitability tips and strategies and producers will have the opportunity to hear from both local and international presenters.
Organizers are pleased to welcome Bob Weaber, a cow-calf extension specialist with Kansas State University to the symposium, headlining as the keynote speaker and speaking on “Using genetics to meet the food demand for 2050.” Weaber also serves as central regional secretary of the Beef Improvement Federation, as a co-coordinator of the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium education programs and has served as a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Policy Division Board of Directors. The focus of his extension and research programs have been to broaden the availability, use and understanding of genetic selection tools (Expected Progeny Differences, DNA markers and selection indexes) as well as performance data collection schemes implemented by cattle producers.
Other Beef Symposium presenters include Harold House, OMAFRA, who will present an update on cattle housing; Ryder Lee, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association manager of federal-provincial relations who will talk about the renewed Beef Code of Practice and what this will mean for producers; Elliott Miller of Lucknow, a young Huron County producer involved with the national task force who will talk about this year’s feed shortages and challenges; and Dr. Mackenzie Littlejohn of the Kirkton Veterinary Clinic who will discuss herd health and recommended vaccination strategies for beef producers in 2013.
“We hope many beef producers from across the province take an interest in the exciting program we have organized this year and will find it to be a valuable resource of information and an opportunity to meet with fellow producers,” he says.
The Beef Symposium will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Rozanski Hill, University of Guelph. Registration begins at 8:15 am and the first session is scheduled to begin promptly at 9 am.
Information and program updates for the conference are posted online at http://www.uoguelph.ca/farmsmart and on Twitter @FarmSmart1.
Look for more conference news in the official program brochure, available in the January 1, 2013 edition of the Ontario Farmer.
Registration is $50 for producers who have taken the Verified Beef Production Workshop or $80 regular fee (includes a one-year Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association membership). An additional $25 is charged all registrations and payments received after Monday, January 14, 2013.
Producers may register for either the Beef Symposium or FarmSmart Conference by calling 1-877-424-1300 or online at www.uoguelph.ca/farmsmart/conference.
The conference is a joint project of the Golden Horseshoe and Heartland Regional Soil and Crop Improvement Associations, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) and various agri-business partners, including CornSmart Presenting sponsor DuPont Pioneer and conference Platinum sponsors BASF Canada Inc., Bayer CropScience, Dekalb, Farm Credit Canada and Syngenta.
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