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Forum staff reports, Published January 22 2010

U of M Extension slates cow-calf days in February

ST. PAUL – The University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team will host the 2010 Minnesota Beef Cow/Calf Days at 10 locations across Minnesota during the weeks of Feb. 2-5 and Feb. 8-12. The winter programs are designed for cow and calf producers.

The programs provide up-to-date information on issues and technologies being used within the beef industry, and create an atmosphere for critical thinking, experiences and discussions.

Topics presented at cow/calf days are selected based on producer surveys from the previous year, and on current issues related to the beef industry.

Five northern location meetings (with the contact person’s telephone number for more details) are scheduled Feb. 2-5 as follows:

- Feb. 2, Central Lakes College, Staples, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Todd County Extension, (320) 732-4435.

- Feb. 2, American Legion, Bagley, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Clearwater County Extension. (218) 694-6151.

- Feb. 3, Old City Hall, Lancaster, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Roseau County Extension, (218) 463-0294.

- Feb. 4, Rosalies Restaurant, Baudette, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Extension Regional Office in Grand Rapids, (218) 327-5958.

- Feb. 5, Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Extension Regional Office in Grand Rapids, (218) 327-5958.

Five southern location meetings are scheduled Feb. 8-12 as follows:

- Feb. 8, Fish Lake Resort, Mora, 5:30-9:30 p.m., U of M-NCROC, (218) 327-4490.

- Feb. 9, Minnewaska House, Glenwood, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kandiyohi County Extension, (320) 231-7890.

- Feb. 10, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Pipestone, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pipestone County Extension, (507) 825-6715.

- Feb. 11, La Quinta Inn, Rochester, 5:30-9:30 p.m., U of M-NCROC, (218) 327-4490.

- Feb. 12, KC Hall, New Prague, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Le Sueur County Extension, (507) 357-8230.

Topics will include:

- Current Beef Team research and education updates, with Extension Beef Team.

- What’s to know about grazing systems, with (North Only) Russ Mathison – U of M, and (South Only) Paul Peterson – U of M.

- The basics and cost of developing heifers, with Dan Larson – Great Plains Livestock Consulting Inc.

- The economics behind the cow, with (north only) Lori Weddle-Schott – Extension Beef Team, and (south only) Ryon Walker – Extension Beef Team.

- Panel: Keeping the younger generation in the beef business, with invited speakers and beef producers