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There are quite a few reasons to be happy about being in the beef cow-calf business in Alabama.  Picking up checks for sold cattle at the auction barn has producers grinning from ear to ear these days.  Prices are very good for feeder calves, cows and cull bulls.  The winter was mild and grass turned green much earlier this spring than last year.  Experts  say  the U.S. Beef Export Market is strong, domestic demand is holding steady and there is less beef in the pipeline than last year.  In fact, U.S. beef cow inventory is at its lowest level since 1952!
With all this optimism, why should you attend the 2012 Alabama Cow-Calf Conference on June 15th?   Below are a few questions/topics that will be addressed which could help your cow-calf operation be more profitable:
1.        Prices are good right now, but are you positioning your operation for the future?
2.       Should you expand your herd numbers now?
3.       What should you do with your heifers – sell or keep?
4.       Are you a good candidate to sell calves in economical packages?
5.       Can my operation really achieve 300 days of good grazing?
6.       What to feed the cows the other 65 days of the year?
7.       How much money is your operation leaving on the table when selling feeder calves?
8.       How can water be conserved on your operation?
9.       Are the facilities on your operation functional and safe for you and the cattle?
10.   What can you do to manage market price risk?  
11.   Learn about the latest techniques and  new animal industry products
12.   Visit with agribusiness representatives and educators to discuss your beef production and marketing concerns


The Alabama Cow-Calf Conference is a one-day conference and trade show.  It is being held at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena on the campus of Auburn University on Friday, June 15, 2012.  Pre-registration is required.  Full program details and registration information can be found at  or at your local Alabama Cooperative Extension office.  Top speakers and experts from around the United States will provide information for all levels of cow-calf operations.  Trade show experts will also be present to help you with your cow-calf needs.  Pre-registration deadline is June 1, 2012.  The registration cost of $60/person includes the conference, trade show, written proceedings, breaks, lunch, and dinner.  After June 1, registration costs increase to $75/person.  For further information, contact Lisa Kriese-Anderson at (334) 844-1561 or


The conference is being sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the College of Agriculture at Auburn University, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and ALFA Beef Farmers.




5/22/2012 12:50 PM
I wish I had seen this earlier. A great speaker for this event would have been Leigh Rubin, the creator of Rubes Cartoons which mainly focuses on Cows. He gives presentations all over the country on drawing cartoons.