Feeding Quality Forum moves up; registration opens


by Miranda Reiman

“Ahead of the feeding curve” is a good place to be with the volatile markets and ever-changing dynamics in the cattle feeding business.

It’s also the theme of this year’s Feeding Quality Forum, slated for August 23 in Omaha, Neb., and August 25 in Garden City, Kan.

Cattlemen and women, educators and allied industry are invited to learn more about topics that will impact their livelihoods at the sixth annual event.

Registration by August 5 is $50 and includes a Certified Angus Beef ® brand lunch. Space permitting, late registration will be $75.

Check-in and refreshments begin at 9:30 a.m., with a welcome at 10 a.m. The program wraps up at 4:15 p.m.

Popular market analyst Dan Basse, AgResource Company, will kick off the agenda by addressing the human food protein and livestock feedstuff outlook.

“We have asked Dan back after several years of outstanding reviews,” says Larry Corah, vice president for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB). “With all of the outside pressures on our markets, both inputs and fed cattle, this is a great way to get briefed on who and what the key players will be during the next year. His presentation is always very timely and insightful.”

Other topics include:

  • Today’s Feedlot Profitability Factors by Shawn Walter, Professional Cattle Consultants
  • Beef Quality Scorecard with Glen Dolezal, Cargill Meat Solutions
  • Managing the New Workforce in the New Economy, Don Tyler, Tyler & Associates
  • Clearing the Air: Livestock, Air Quality and Climate Change, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, University of California-Davis

The lunch program will feature the second annual Feeding Quality Forum Industry Achievement Award winner, Max Deets. The longtime Kansas cattle feeder and past president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will make comments at both locations.

“Max has always been an early adopter of new ideas, a true innovator,” Corah says. He helped set up some of the first feed-out programs and bull tests, and pioneered the win-win concept.

“He is a great believer in the differences in genetics, and the merit that attention to quality has for ranchers, feeders and ultimately the end consumer,” he says.

The meetings are sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, Land O’ Lakes Purina Mills, Feedlot magazine and CAB.

To register, visit www.feedingqualityforum.com, or contact Marilyn Conley by phone 800-225-2333, ext. 298, or email mconley@certifiedangusbeef.com.