Range Beef Cow Symposium

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graphic showing 4 states involved in symposium

Symposium XXVII

November 16-17, 2021
The Monument
Rapid City, SD

Register and Pay Online
Mail-in Registration
Conference pricing information available on mail-in form.
Questions? Contact Julie Walker (Julie.Walker@sdstate.edu) or Karla Wilke (kjenkins2@unl.edu).


All times are Mountain Time.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

  • 7 a.m. Registration open
  • 8 a.m. Welcome
  • 8:15 a.m. Cattle supply chain disruption, Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University
  • 8:45 a.m. Trends in red meat consumption and retail demand, Cody Gifford, University of Wyoming
  • 9:15 a.m. Direct marketing beef: Management considerations for enhancing carcass quality and cutability, Amanda Blair and Christina Bakker, South Dakota State University
  • 9:45 a.m. Blockchain in the beef industry, Profit for steak, Steve Lupien, University of Wyoming
  • 10:15 a.m. Break
  • 11:00 a.m. What should you be asking your seedstock producer about your bull?, David Schuler, Schuler Red Angus
  • 11:30 a.m. Managing yearling to add value to cow calf operations, Karla Wilke, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Breakout sessions – Select two:
    • Use of GPS technology to better understand livestock behavior, Jamie Brennan, South Dakota State University and Mitch Stephenson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • A systems approach to ranching: Feeding cows during feed shortages, Ryan Rhoades, Colorado State University and Hector Menendez, South Dakota State University
    • Rangeland soil health: Interactions with vegetative recovery, Jay Norton, University of Wyoming
  • 3 p.m. Break
  • 3:30 p.m. Bull pen session

Wednesday, Nov. 17

  • 7 a.m. Registration open
  • 8 a.m. Cattle and beef market outlook, Patrick Linnell, CattleFax
  • 9 a.m. State ballot initiatives issues – panel featuring Senator Gary Cammack, South Dakota; Senator Ogden Driskill, Wyoming; Terry Fankhouser, Colorado; and Ashley Kohls, Nebraska
  • 10 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 a.m. Developing replacement heifers: Can we program fertility?, Shelby Rosasco, University of Wyoming
  • 11 a.m. Identifying our blind spots in calf health – A Vet’s perspective, Halden Clark, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 11:30 a.m. Emerging disease: Congestive heart failure in fed cattle, Brian Vander Ley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1 p.m. Bull pen session
  • 3 p.m. Transfer of Fairgrounds
  • 3:30 p.m. Demonstrations:
    • Virtual fencing, moderated by Krista Ehlert, South Dakota State University
    • Livestock technology equipment, moderated by Jamie Brennan, South Dakota State University
    • HerdDogg “Ear tag” animal traceability technology

Lodging Information

Blocks of rooms at the Rushmore Hotel and Suites and Howard Johnson will be available at reduced rates until October 15. After that date, rooms will sold on a space and rate available basis. When making reservations, be sure to indicate this is associated with the Range Beef Cow Symposium.

The Rushmore Hotel & Suites
445 Mt. Rushmore Road
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 716-7236
Starting at $69 per night

Howard Johnson
950 North Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 737-4656
Starting at $79 per night

Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza*
505 N 5th St
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 348-4000
*Please call for availability and pricing (hotel remodeling will be occurring in November which will limit availability.