2018 Cow-Calf Management Seminar

Date: March 13, 2018
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Location: Mid Michigan Community College, 1375 Clare Ave., Harrison, MI
Contact: Kevin Gould, 616-527-5357, gouldk@anr.msu.edu.


  • Registration 6:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Bovine Tb, Current Efforts and Vision for the Future - 7 - 7:15 p.m.
    • George Quackenbush, Executive Vice President, Michigan Cattlemen’s Association; Kevin Gould and Phil Durst, MSU Extension Beef Educators
    • The session will provide an update of the current status of Tb in Michigan and current movements at the state level.
  • Selection Madness: Let’s Take a Time-out and Set Up a Play - 7:-8:05 p.m.

    • Daniel Buskirk, MSU Associate Professor/Beef Extension Specialist
    • Like a pendulum, beef cattle selection has seen big swings from one extreme to another. Current buzz is that cows are too big and small cows should be the rage. Commercial producers often seem overwhelmed by the sea of EPDs, yet repeatedly maintain laser focus on selecting for lighter birth weights. This presentation will discuss selection strategies that focus on “optimal” and avoiding the temptation of chasing extremes.

  • Cow-Calf Health Risk Assessment - 8:10-9 p.m.

    • Frank Wardynski and Phil Durst, MSU Extension Dairy & Beef Educators
    • Beef cow-calf herd health is usually easy and straight forward. Pay special attention at calving and weaning, then after that the health of animals on the farm is generally good. At least until problems occur. Then producers are looking backwards at what they should have done. This presentation will cover strategies to develop a herd health management calendar: by utilizing own farm risk assessment, implementing management practices to ensure good health while minimizing production cost, and by using judicious use of antibiotics and chemical products to minimize organism resistance.

Program Cost

$10 per session


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