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August 8, 2017: Tri-State Beef Conference (Abingdon, VA)

The 10th Annual Tri-State Beef Cattle conference will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, Virginia on Tuesday, August 8th. This year’s conference will address topics of interest to both stocker and cow-calf producers. The conference will be a one-day event and will include educational sessions covering such topics as beef cattle outlook, pinkeye impacts and considerations, retail beef business, managing calving difficulties, stocker receiving program, veterinary feed directive, and the big picture in the cattle industry. There will once again be virtual tours of operations from each of the three states and then a time of questions and answers with the producers themselves.

A trade show will be open during the conference, with many of the organizations involved in the region’s beef industry there for participants to meet and learn more about their products and services.

The conference will begin with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the program beginning at 9:20 a.m. The trade show will open at 8:00 a.m.

The meeting is being sponsored by the University of Tennessee Extension, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Registration information and complete details will be available through your county Extension Office. Registration for the conference is $20 through July 28 and $25 after July 28. Additional information can be obtained from Dr. Scott Greiner, Extension Beef Specialist, Virginia Tech, phone 540-231-9159, email , or through your local Extension office.

PROGRAM (Registration begins 8:00 AM, Program at 9:20 AM)

8:00 a.m.             Registration and Visit Trade Show

9:10 a.m.             Welcome

9:20 a.m.             Big Picture in the Cattle Industry

                                Dr. Tom Field

                                Professor and Paul Engler Chair in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship

                                University of Nebraska Lincoln

10:00 a.m.           Breakout Session: Managing Calving Difficulties

                                Dr. Harrison Dudley, DVM, Clinical Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

10:00 a.m.           Breakout Session: Stocker Receiving Program

                                Dr. Robin Falkner, DVM

Managing Veterinarian: Stocker/Feeder Cattle Technical Services, Zoetis

10:40 a.m.           Break and Visit Trade Show

11:10 a.m.           Veterinary Feed Directive Panel Discussion

11:50 a.m.           Steak Lunch and Visit Trade Show

1:05 p.m.             Beef Cattle Outlook

                                Dr. Scott Brown, Assistant Professor in Extension, University of Missouri

1:45 p.m.             Virtual Tours and Panel Discussion

2:45 p.m.             Pinkeye Impacts and Considerations

                                Dr. Lew Strickland, DVM, Assistant Professor and Extension Veterinarian

                                University of Tennessee

3:25 p.m.             Reaching New Markets, Retail Beef

                                Ms. Valerie Bass, Executive Director Tennessee Beef Council

                                Mr. Jason Carter, Executive Director Virginia Cattlemen’s Association

4:00 p.m.             Wrap-up

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2017-70011-26861, and the Southern Risk Management Education Center Grant #545015. For more information about the program or funding, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at or 540-231-5784.

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