OSU Extension offers Beef Cattle School Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and March 19
Ohio – Producers interested in learning more about how to increase cattle
profits, including an in-depth look at crossbreeding programs, can participate
in a discussion of the issues by experts from Ohio State University Extension
and nationwide, during a Beef Cattle School Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and March 19 at
several locations statewide.
beef cattle school kicks off Jan. 29 with presentations from two nationally known
cattle experts who will discuss how crossbreeding can boost profits for
producers and how genetic selection tools have contributed to the de-emphasis
on heterosis by some commercial cow-calf producers, said John Grimes, beef
coordinator for OSU Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team.
Lee Leachman of the Leachman Cattle Company of Colorado will discuss
practical methods to adopt a crossbreeding program and making right-sized cows, Grimes said. Nevil
Speer, a professor of animal science at Western Kentucky University, will
discuss heterosis and how
advanced genetic selection tools, an evolving genetic base, and the growth of
quality-driven markets have contributed to this phenomenon, he said.
information presented during Beef Cattle School addresses some of the more
pressing issues facing cow-calf producers today and is imperative for cattle
producers who want to better prepare themselves for a profitable involvement in
the beef industry,” Grimes said. “The
information is especially relevant this year for producers looking to mitigate
to be covered during the Feb. 26 program include: “Squeezing
Every Dollar out of Forage Production,” presented by OSU Extension educators
Rory Lewandowski and Chris Penrose. The discussion will focus on hay production, weed
control, drought recovery and how to extend the grazing season.
to be covered during the March 19 program include: “Enterprises to Remain Competitive in
the Beef Industry,” presented by OSU Extension educator Jeff McCutcheon and
Grimes. The discussion will focus on production options such as backgrounding, stockering, targeting
branded programs, raising replacement heifers, and raising embryo calves as unique
program begins at 7 p.m. and can be viewed at several host locations statewide.
Check with the local host for any reservation or registration information.
who can’t attend the events at the host locations can participate in the school
via Internet. Contact Grimes at email@example.com to register. There is a $25 registration fee for the Internet
link, which will be forwarded upon receipt of your payment and e-mail
can send their name, mailing address, e-mail address, and check payable to “The
Ohio State University” to John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator, 1864
Shyville Rd., Piketon, OH 45661.
Host site locations in Ohio include:
- North Adams High
School, 96 Green Devil Drive, in Seaman.
- OSU Extension Coshocton
County Office, Room 110, 724 South 7th St., in Coshocton.
- Crawford County Court
House, Suite 303, 112 East Mansfield St., in Bucyrus.
- Shelby County Ag
Center, 820 Fair Road, in Sidney.
- OSU Extension-Fairfield
Co., 831 College Ave., Suite D, in Lancaster.
- Fayette County
Agricultural Service Center, 1415 US 22 SW, in Washington Court House.
- Gallia Academy High
School, 2855 Centenary Road, in Gallipolis.
- Holmes County Extension
Office, 75 East Clinton Street, in Millersburg.
- Huron County
Administration Building, 180 Milan Ave., in Norwalk.
- Claylick Run Farm,
11970 Cross Road, in Newark.
- OSU Extension Mahoning
County, 490 S. Broad St., in Canfield.
- OSU Extension Morgan County,
155 E. Main St., in McConnelsville.
- OSU Extension Morrow County,
871 Marion Road, in Mt. Gilead.
- OSU Extension Muskingum
County, 225 Underwood St., in Zanesville.
- US Department of Agriculture
Service Center, 2650 Richville Drive S.E., in Massillon.
- Wayne County
Administration Building, 428 West Liberty St., in Wooster.
- OSU Extension Williams
County, 1122 W. High St., in Bryan.