By Amber Wahlgren
Cattle producers, mark your calendars! A Cattlemen’s Boot Camp will take place June 7-8 at the Wise Center on the Mississippi State University (MSU) Campus in Starkville, Mississippi.
The educational event will be jointly hosted by the American Angus Association (AAA) and MSU, and will provide purebred and commercial cattle producers with timely information presented by academic and industry professionals. Be sure to register online or download and send your application by mail before May 11 to ensure you don’t miss all that this event has to offer.
“The Cattlemen’s Boot Camp workshop is a great event for cattle producers across the country,” said Jaclyn Upperman, Association director of events and education. “The workshop offers industry-specific information from speakers and research that will offer insight into the beef business to both purebred and commercial producers.”
Generously funded by the Angus Foundation, Cattlemen’s Boot Camp is open to all cattle producers, and it features two days of educational speakers and workshops and hands-on activities to help cattlemen and cattlewomen improve their herd operations. Attendees will look forward to hearing from industry professionals on a market outlook, range and crop management tips, updates on carcass trends and information on bull selection, source verification, genetic improvement, and general herd management.
Registration is $75 per person and includes meals and educational materials. Registration forms are due May 11 and can be submitted online or mailed to Jaclyn Upperman at the American Angus Association, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO 64506. Late and walk-in registrations will not be accepted. A tentative schedule follows.
2018 Cattlemen’s Boot Camp
Thursday, June 7
• 12 p.m. – Registration
• 1 p.m. – Greeting and Introductions: Mark Sims, AAA and Cobie Rutherford, MSU
• 1:30 p.m. – Economic Considerations: Josh Maples, MSU
• 2:15 p.m. – Behavior and Docility: Cobie Rutherford, MSU
• 3 p.m. – Break
• 3:15 p.m. – Beef Cow Nutrition: Tucker Wagner, MSU
• 4 p.m. – Hair Shedding Research: Trent Smith, MSU
• 4:45 p.m. – Genetics: Dan Moser, AAA
• 5:45 p.m. – Break
• 6 p.m. – Social
• 6:30 p.m. – Dinner
• 7:15 p.m. – Summary: Cobie Rutherford
Friday, April 28
• 8 a.m. – Angus at MSU: Cody Glenn, MSU
• 8:45 p.m. – Fetal Programming: Derris Burnett, MSU
• 9:30 a.m. – Break
• 10 a.m. – Break Out Sessions
— Collecting Phenotypes: Cobie Rutherford
— Foot Scoring: Mark Sims
— DNA Testing Commercial Cattle for Selection and Profitablity: Dan Moser
— Developing a Herd Health Plan and Interstate Shipping: Isaac Jumper, MSU
• 11:45 a.m. – General Q&A: American Angus Association Staff
• 12 p.m. – Depart