Course to focus on cattle issues

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Ethanol production, rising corn prices, new markets and environmental stewardship are all emerging issues that could impact Ohio’s beef cattle industry.
An Ohio State University Extension program is being offered this winter to assist producers facing such challenges in the coming year. The Great Lakes Professional Cattle Feeding and Marketing Shortcourse will be Jan. 24 and Feb. 7, 2007, at the Wood County Junior Fair Building in Bowling Green, Ohio.
The event is also sponsored by Michigan State University, Purdue University and the Ontario Department of Agriculture, and is designed to update the eastern corn belt cattle-feeding industry on current feeding, management, and marketing practices which lead to improved profitability.
Session topics. The Jan. 24 session will address feedlot design, feeding strategies, distiller grains, and marbling in cattle.
The Feb. 7 session will address the national cattle ID program, corn prices and outlook, marketing strategies and successful feedlots. Both sessions will begin at 6 p.m.
Registration, due by Jan. 19, is $30 per producer and $20 for each additional family/farm member.
FFA/4-H students can register for $10 each.
Payment can be made to Michigan State University and mailed to Steve Rust, Department of Animal Science, MSU, 2265B Anthony Hall, E. Lansing, MI 48824-1225.
The same program is also being offered in Dekalb, Ill., East Lansing Mich., and Wyoming, Ontario, Canada.
More information. For more information, visit http://beef.osu.edu/misc/GLfeed07.pdf, or contact Steve Boyles at 614-292-7669 or boyles.4@osu.edu, or Dan Frobose at 419- 354-6916 or frobose.1@osu.edu.

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