Illinois cow-calf producers will have the opportunity to learn about the most important decisions for their enterprises at the Beef Sire Selection & Management Seminar from 3:45 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Wilkey's Café in the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport.
The herd sire's selection, health and management is vital to any cow-calf operation. Not only does he contribute 50 percent of the offsprings' genetic makeup, but he can also have a major impact on the calf crop from birth through harvest.
The speakers will include industry and university representatives and local practitioners. Covering the topic of "Breeding Soundness Evaluation" will be Carey Harbison from the Town & Country Veterinary Clinic in McLeansboro. Mark Wellman, a Vita Ferm regional sales manager will present "Maximize Efficiency While Optimizing Performance with Vita Ferm." Jerry Cassady, a regional manager with the American Angus Association, will discuss "Utilizing Angus Genetics in a Challenging Industry." Learn about the "SIU Bull Test Station" from Rebecca Atkinson, a beef cattle professor from Southern Illinois University.
Rounding out the evening program will be Doug Parrett, a University of Illinois beef cattle specialist, and Dave Seibert, a retired U of I animal systems Extension educator with "EPDs — What They Are, What They Aren't and How Can I Use Them?" "Understanding and Incorporating Physical Traits into Sire Selection" and "Management of the Herd Bull with Emphasis on Yearling Bulls." A $5.00 registration fee is due by Jan. 27. Late and at-door registration is $10. Call 618-231-0800 to register or send checks payable to SIBA, or the Southern Illinois Beef Association, to Terry Mefford at RR#1, Box 52 in Dahlgren, IL.
For a copy of the program, contact Terry Mefford or Dave Seibert at 309-339-3694 or by mail at 300 North Street in Washington, IL.
The Mt. Vernon Outland Airport is located along IL Rt. 15 on the east side of Mt. Vernon. From Interstate 57-64, take exit 95 to IL Rt. 15 east for 5.3 miles to the airport.
The seminars are co-sponsored by the Southern Illinois Beef Association, University of Illinois Extension, Vita Ferm, Illinois Angus Association, Illinois Simmental Association and the Illinois Beef Association.