BEEF 509 helps producers target consumers

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COLUMBUS – The dates have been set for the 2008 BEEF 509 program, which is held to raise the awareness level about the beef that is produced and the reasons why it sometimes misses its mark with consumers’ palates and producers’ pocketbooks.
It will take place Jan. 12 and 26. Each day will be filled with programs beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding in the early evening at Ohio State University’s Animal Sciences building in Columbus.
All the same information and activities from past 509 programs will be included.
It is critical to attend both days as participants will be assigned to teams that work together for both days.
Activities. The live animal evaluation, auction and grid discussion will take place Jan. 12. Carcass grading and fabrication are among the activities planned for Jan. 26.
A maximum of 32 spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
If interest exceeds the 32 spaces provided, names will be held and applicants notified of upcoming sessions.
The registration fee is $150.
For additional information, call the Ohio Beef Council office at 614-873-6736 or visit www.ohiobeef.org. Deadline for registration for the program is Dec. 15.

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