I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course to focus on animal health and carcass traits

The I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course will be on Tuesday, March 24, as part of the pre-educational events for the Central Plains Dairy Expo. The short course will be held in the Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, S.D., in rooms 8, 9, and 10. This year’s program will focus on dairy beef carcasses at the farm, processor and consumer end, along with targeting health considerations for maximum performance.

The Dairy Beef Short Course, hosted by I-29 Moo University, is a collaboration of South Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, North Dakota State, and University of Nebraska Extension Services, Iowa State Dairy Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers Association, Nebraska Dairy Association and Minnesota Milk Producers Association.


9:30 a.m. — Registration

10 a.m. — Finishing Dairy Cattle for Beef: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Dr. Ty Lawrence, professor of Animal Science, West Texas A&M University

11:15 a.m. — Panel discussion — Being Conscious of Packer Programs That Fit Dairy and Dairy Beef Carcasses; Bill Munns, marketing & product management, JBS Beef, The Commercial Science Behind Purebred Holstein Beef; Kevin Hueser, senior vice president Beef Margin Management, Tyson Fresh Meats, Dairy Cross Opportunities in the Plant

12:30 p.m. — Lunch and sponsors

1:30 p.m. — Health Considerations for Dairy Beef Cattle During the Feeding Period, Russ Daly, DVM, SDSU Extension Veterinarian

2 p.m. — Feedlot Cattle Lameness and Economic Impact, Jan Shearer, DVM, MS, Professor Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine, ISU

2:30 p.m. — Roundtable discussion with all Speakers

3 p.m. — Wrap-up and adjourn

Registration details

A registration fee of $25 per person will include the short course, lunch and proceedings. Registration closes March 20 and the event is limited to 130 attendees on a first come, first serve basis. To register, visit https://extension.sdstate.edu/event/2020-dairy-beef-short-course or go to the I-29 Moo University website at https://dairy.unl.edu/i-29-moo-university. You can also register by mailing the registration fee to Tracey Erickson at 1910 West Kemp Ave., Watertown, SD 57201. Please include your contact information and any dietary restrictions when mailing in your registration information.

For more information, contact Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist, at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu or 605-882-5140.