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Beef Cattle Conference Save the Date Flyer

The Beef Cattle Conference is March 13 – 15 and is jointly hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System animal science and forages team and the Auburn University Department of Animal Sciences. Parts of this three-day event are held in conjunction with the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association’s Conference for Food Animal Veterinarians.


Friday, March 13

Bob Carson Beef Cattle SymposiumOverton Auditorium, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

  • 1 p.m.
    • Welcome, introductions, and orientation
  • 1:30 p.m.
    • Environmental Impact of Livestock Production – a Global Perspective on Climate Change – Dr. Frank Mitloehner
  • 2:30 p.m.
    • Reproductive Technologies and AI application in beef operations. Scrutinizing the Benefits, Value and Application. – Dr. Dan Scruggs and Dr. Richard Hopper
  • 3:30 p.m.
    • Animal Disease Traceability – Dr. Tony Frazier and Dr. Misty Edmondson
  • 4 p.m.
    • Research and Extension Updates
  • 5 p.m.
    • Social hour
    • Visit with exhibitors
    • Research and Extension Poster Session
      • Location: AUCVM
      • This will be a joint activity with the ALVMA Conference for Food Animal Veterinarians

Saturday, March 14

Choose one of the following workshops:

Forage Field Day

The forage field day will cover a variety of topics related to grazing and baleage production. Join us for field demos on cutting and wrapping baleage, as well as hands-on demonstrations involving nutrient management, insect and pest management, grazing management, and strategies for feeding preserved forages.

  • Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: North Auburn Beef Unit
  • Maximum number of participants: 40
  • Additional cost: None

Becoming a Successful Advocate

Increasingly so, when it comes to changing the conversation with consumers, producers may feel like they’re beating their heads against a brick wall. Why won’t consumers listen? Oh, they’re listening. We’re just not speaking their language nor have the right communication channel. We need producers to become aware of the evolution of social consensus and become equipped to stand up for beef.

As the non-agriculture consumer segments continue to be interested in learning more about where their beef comes from and how cattle are raised, we must be prepared to give a response. It’s more important than ever to have a strong, scientific foundation in place when telling the beef production story. This workshop is designed to equip you with facts, resources, and procedures for engaging in animal welfare discussions. This workshop can certify attendees with a Master of Beef Advocacy certificate and prepare young people to participate in the Southeast Beef Ambassador Program.

  • Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Maximum number of participants: Unlimited
  • Additional cost: None

Farm Business Management & Meat Science

During this track, participants will initially learn about farm business management for a beef cattle operation, as well as feeder calf marketing strategies. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • different types of business entities for livestock operations
  • agricultural law and taxes
  • budgets
  • developing business plans for cattle operations
  • feeder cattle grading and marketing
  • board sales
  • seasonality and fundamentals of cattle prices
  • cattle futures, options, and LRP

The afternoon session will focus on a succinct view of the transition of your beef products from the pasture to the plate. In this hands-on workshop experience, participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at the cost of meat production and the beef items that are consumer favorites, engage in methods for enhancing beef value by producers, and learn about what drives consumer purchasing intent.

  • Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Lambert-Powell Meats Laboratory
  • Maximum number of participants: 30
  • Additional cost: None

Youth Cattle Producers

A hands-on overview of the beef industry for youth cattle producers from ages 8-18.

  • Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Ham Wilson Livestock Arena
  • Maximum number of participants: 50
  • Additional cost: None

Alabama BCIA Artificial Insemination School

The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association Artificial Insemination School is a two-day, hands-on training opportunity to learn the fundamentals of cattle estrus synchronization and artificial insemination. Participants will learn about reproductive anatomy and physiology, estrus synchronization planning and protocols, heat detection and aids, and artificial insemination equipment and technique during multiple classroom sessions and wet-labs. The wet-labs will include, but are not limited to, multiple sessions with live animals to allow time for practicing proper artificial insemination procedures. Certificates will be awarded following successful completion of a written and practical examination.

  • Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Maximum number of participants: 10
  • Additional cost: $425.00

Download a PDF flyer for the BCIA Artificial Insemination School.

Sunday, March 15

  • 7 a.m.
    • Devotional
  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Alabama BCIA Artificial Insemination School – continuation from March 14


Registration for the 2020 Beef Cattle Conference is online on the Auburn University website.

Registration fees are as followed:

  • $75 – Adult Early Conference Registration Fee (Through March 1)
  • $100 – Adult Conference Registration Fee (After March 1)
  • $25 – Youth (8 – 18 years old) Early Conference Registration Fee, (Through March 1)
  • $50 – Youth (8 – 18 years old) Conference Registration Fee, (After March 1)


For more information, contact Soren Rodning at rodnisp@aces.edu.


For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Extension Communications and Marketing at 334-844-5696 or extcomm@aces.edu.

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