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

RBCS XXVII Proceedings


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