Feed conference date set

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.

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.

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