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Two Upcoming Winter Beef Symposiums near Havre

The Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) near Havre, in conjunction with Hill and Blaine County Extension, will host two beef symposiums in January.

The first meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the NARC meeting room. Tim DelCurto (Nancy Cameron Endowed Chair in Range Beef Cattle Production) will share research on weak calf syndrome. Sam Wyffels (doctoral student in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences) will discuss winter feed supplementation and grazing patterns. Jennifer Thorson (associate professor of livestock genomics) will discuss expected progeny differences for commercial cattle operations. Additional topics include small rodent and coyote control and a presentation from Custom Ag Solutions on risks and opportunities in current cattle markets. The symposium is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.

The second segment of the beef symposium will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the NARC meeting room. Megan Van Emon (Extension beef cattle specialist) will share research based information on third trimester nutrition.

Darrin Boss, NARC superintendent, will present research on cover crops and cattle grazing. Jane Mangold, Extension weed and invasive plant ecologist, will share information on cheatgrass control and weed invaders after drought and fire. In conclusion, local representatives from Farm Service Agency will provide information on livestock programs.

For more information, call Emi Smith, NARC at 406-265-6115 or Shylea Wingard, Hill County Extension Agent, at 406-400-2336.

Montana State University U.S. Department of Agriculture and Montana Counties Cooperating. MSU Extension is an equal opportunity/affirmative action provider of educational outreach.