Livestock producers will have an opportunity to learn about market trends, alternative business and marketing arrangements and how to maximize carcass quality at Red Deer Lodge Dec. 9 and 10.
New Market Realities in the Livestock Industry is the theme of the 2009 Capturing Feed Grain & Forage Opportunities Conference.
Speakers will include Anne Dunford, general manager and marketing specialist with Gateway Livestock Exchange in Taber. She will discuss the outlook for the beef industry.
Diane McCann-Hitz, a provincial consumer market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, will talk about changing consumer trends; and Brenda Schoepp, a Rimbey-area rancher and industry consultant who publishes the national newsletter BEEFLINK, will share success stories of Alberta ranches.
They will be joined by Sean McGrath, a genetic evaluation specialist and consultant with Creo Episteme Ltd., who will talk about carcass quality; and John Basarab, a senior beef research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, who will share ideas on reducing feed requirements by marketing younger animals.
Registration is $170, $295 for two people from the same farm, before Nov. 13. Thereafter, it’s $205, $330 for farm pairs.
Registration is $125 for students and $100 for a single day.
For information or to register, call Dianne at the Chinook Applied Research Association at 403-664-3777 or the Ag-Info Centre at 403-310-3276.