37th Annual Faith Rancher’s Forum – February 13

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — The Rancher’s Forum has a long standing history in Faith. It has been an opportunity for ranchers to interact with animal scientists, veterinarians, and industry. The 37th Annual Rancher’s Forum will be no different.

SDSU Extension, the City of Faith and area producers would like to invite you to attend the 37th Annual Rancher’s Forum at the Legion in Faith on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beef: From Conception to Consumption presenters & topics:

• Amanda Blair, SDSU Animal Science Department Associate Professor in Meat Science, will focus her discussion on fetal programming research in beef cattle and the effects on performance and meat quality. During gestation there is a tremendous draw of nutrients to meet the demands of the developing fetus and if these demands are not met alterations in fetal development can occur. This field of research will enhance efforts to improve the efficiency of beef production from conception to consumption. Blair received her Bachelors and Doctorate from Purdue University. She is located in Rapid City at the West River Ag Center.

• Alice Harty, DVM, will be highlighting heifer preventative health strategies for your herd. Continued efforts toward health will increase the retention of heifers in the herd. There are many factors that play a role in the success or failure of a vaccination program. Harty received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University.

• George Perry, SDSU Extension Beef Reproduction Specialist has been invited. He will highlight research on how management of heifer development can influence fertility. Perry joined SDSU in 2003. He earned his Masters and Doctorate from University of Missouri – Columbia. Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist will be available to field questions related to heifer development. Salverson is located at the Lemmon Regional Extension Center with a background in reproductive management.

• A representative from Congresswoman Noem’s office will be the luncheon speaker.

There will be a meal, trade show set up as well as door prize drawings throughout the day.

The registration fee for the event is $10 per person and preregistration by Feb. 10 is strongly encouraged. To preregister, call the City of Faith Office at 605-967-2261.