Register for Northern States Beef Conference Jan. 17-18

Farm Forum

Brookings – Producers who attend the Northern States Beef Conference will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts and producers from across the country as they address topics that are facing the beef industry.

The conference is held Jan. 17-18 at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Watertown.

To learn more about the program, contact one of the SDSU Extension Regional Centers or visit or call Warren Rusche at 605-882-5140 or email or call Julie Walker at 605-688-5458 or email

Speaker Information

Input costs continue to increase each year, affecting the producer’s bottom line. During the conference, attendees will learn about managing input costs within both the cow-calf and feedlot sectors of the beef industry. Scott Lake, Extension Beef Specialist at the University of Wyoming, will discuss the cow-calf sector and Alfredo DiCostanzo, Professor at the University of Minnesota, will address the feedlot side. Both of these individuals have years of experience evaluating options/management to influence input costs.

George Perry, SDSU Extension Beef Reproduction Management Specialist, will focus on adding value to the cowherd. Perry has focused on understanding how improving reproductive efficiency can increase the sustainability and profitability of cow/calf operations. Dave Patterson, Professor at the University of Missouri, will discuss the Quality Beef program that is focused on adoption of applied reproductive and genetic technologies that will add value to beef cattle produced. Patterson’s research has focused on developing high quality animals and a method to capture that higher value for those animals.