February 4, 2009

Cattle workshop to focus on importance of herd management

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The annual North Central Indiana Cow-Calf Integrated Resource Management workshop will take place at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Stony Pike Livestock Auction yard in Logansport.

"This workshop allows us to give participants ways of getting the maximum output from the cattle they raise," said Shane Hanna, Purdue University Extension educator for Cass County.

Speakers at the workshop will discuss several topics including current trends in the beef cattle industry, where the market is headed, proper nutrition, herd health and vaccinations. 

The two keynote speakers will be Amy Lanum, of Bush Veterinary Service in Flora, Ind. and Ron Lemenager of Purdue, Hanna said.

Lanum will speak on the importance of herd health and replacement heifer management. Lemenager will end the workshop by speaking about raising cattle in the current economic situation.

"Producers need to take a look at how they run their cattle business and if it is the most cost-effective way for the current economic climate," Lemenager said.

His suggestions to help farmers will include information on forage management, purchasing the right amounts of feed, and cutting down on equipment and hardware costs.

There is no cost for the workshop, but those who plan to attend are asked to call (574) 753-7750 to register and get directions.

Writer: Ashley Bechman, (765) 494-8402, aabechma@purdue.edu

Sources: Shane Hanna, (574) 753-7750, sohanna@purdue.edu

Ronald Lemenager, (765) 494-4817, rpl@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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