January 27-28 – Driftless Region Beef Conference

Denise Schwab  Beef Specialist   Iowa State University Extension and Outreach   319-472-4739    dschwab@iastate.edu

Driftless Region Beef Conference to Focus on Future of the Industry
 DUBUQUE, Iowa – The upcoming Driftless Region Beef Conference will focus on future aspects of the industry, from new beef products to alternative proteins, according to Denise Schwab, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The conference will be held Jan. 27-28, 2022, at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

“The beef industry is always changing, and this year we will hear about future trends, new beef products, competition from alternative proteins, and the demands of our consumers,” Schwab said. “We are excited to have Dr. Ron Gill from Texas here to kick off the conference with his views on the direction of the beef industry in the future.” Many beef producers may recognize Gill from his prior Stockmanship and BQA trainings in the area. He is also the associate department head for Extension in Texas.

In addition to Gill, Terry Houser from Iowa State will demonstrate fabricating a chuck roll and top butt into traditional beef cuts and some of the new value-added cuts. Bailey Harsh from the University of Illinois will then discuss alternative proteins and the competition they pose for the beef industry. Wrapping up the Thursday afternoon program will be Tammy Vaassen from Wisconsin and Casey Anderson from Iowa with consumer preferences and research conducted by the Beef Councils and the Beef Checkoff. Breakout sessions will include Denise Schwab on using annual forages to fill the grazing gap, Bill Halfman on understanding what influences your return on investment, Dan Loy on the relationships of maternal and marbling traits, Dr. Mike Slattery, DVM, on receiving calf health, Mark Renz on pasture weed management, Elliott Dennis on feedlot risk management, Mary Drewnoski on the UNL Cattle & Corn Systems project, and Loy and Halfman on bunk management. The conference will wrap up with a market outlook from Elliott Dennis from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

The early registration fee is $85 per person and must be received prior to midnight, Jan. 14. The price increases to $115 after that date. More information on topics, speakers and lodging is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/beef. Registration with links for online and mail forms are available on the conference website.

The Driftless Region Beef Conference is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension. For more information or to receive a brochure, contact Schwab at 319-472-4739.