MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State University's 2012 Beef Conference - Thriving in the New Beef Economy - will be held Aug. 9 in Frick Auditorium of K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine in Manhattan.
"We've had an interesting year in the beef industry and we have an equally exciting lineup of topics and speakers for this year's conference," said Larry Hollis, veterinarian with K-State Research and Extension.
For those who are not able to travel to Manhattan, the conference will be broadcast remotely to El Dorado, Parsons, Pratt, Wakeeney and Lucas.
The fee to attend is $60 per person or $100 for two if from the same family ranch or organization.Registration is due by Friday, Aug. 3. The fee includes all conference materials, a noon meal and refreshments.
Deadline approaching for BQA award nominations
The Aug. 10 application deadline for the fifth annual checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award is quickly approaching. The National BQA Awards recognize four winners in the area of beef, dairy, marketing and education.
The beef and dairy awards recognize producers who best demonstrate animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.
The BQA Educator Award is open to individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain.
The BQA Marketer Award is open to livestock markets, cattle buyers and supply-chain programs that promote BQA to their customers and offer them opportunities to get certified.
BQA award winners will be selected by a committee of representatives from universities, state beef councils and affiliated groups. Nominations can be submitted by any organization, group, or individual on behalf of a U.S. beef producer, marketer or educator. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves, though nominees are expected to be involved in preparation of the application.
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Temple Grandin, Hugh Whaley to headline 'Beef Industry Day'
HOWELLS, Neb. - The second annual "Beef Industry Day" will be Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Howells Ballroom. "Beef Industry Day" will bring some of the most important names in the industry together for a day of learning and networking.
"We've changed the format of the day from last year and we are very excited about the lineup of speakers," Russ Vering of Central Plains Milling said.
Temple Grandin will headline the day session.
Grandin is a best-selling author, been the subject of a movie and has designed revolutionary cattle handling facilities and beef processing plants.
The evening main speaker will be Hugh Whaley, general manager of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heinemann is also expected. The evening includes a social hour at 6 p.m., steak supper at 7 p.m., followed by Whaley.
For a full listing of times and events during Beef Industry Day, visit www.centralplainsmilling.com. To purchase tickets for Beef Industry Day, contact Amanda at 402-986-1400 prior to Aug. 10.
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- The AmericanGelbvieh Junior Association elected directors and officers. New directors: Nicole Mattison, Lamberton, Minn., Michael Ring, Oregon, Ill., and Justin Vehige, Bonnets Mill, Mo. Re-elected: Van Tucker of Portis, Kan. Officers for 2012-2013: Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan., president; Grace Hammer of Wallace, Kan., vice president; Garrett Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C., vice president of leadership development; Seth Arp of Arlington, Wis., treasurer; Cole Buffo, Lansing, Kan., ex-officio.
- The Flint Hills Beef Fest will be Aug. 17-19 at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Emporia, Kan. Cattle Division Events include a Grass Futurity Contest, Live Stocker Cattle Show, Feedlot Contest and Carcass Competition. The Flint Hills Beef Fest is an annual celebration of the grass cattle industry for which the Flint Hills region is Kansas is known. For more details and a complete schedule of events, please visit http://www.beeffest.com.
- The Kansas Livestock Sweepstakes has been scheduled for Aug. 25-26. This all-around event will feature contests in Livestock Judging, Meats Judging, Livestock Skillathon, and Livestock Quiz Bowl. Registration forms will need to be postmarked by Aug. 1.