Area beef producers should make plans to attend the fifth annual Three-State Beef Conference that will be held January 15, 16 and 17, 2019, with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The theme for this year’s conference is “Reducing Cow Feed Costs Using Cropland.” Topics and speakers for the conference are as follows: “Filling in the Gaps – Using Annual Forages to Meet Late Fall and Early Spring Forage Needs,” Dr. Mary Drewnoski, Beef Systems Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; “Opportunities and Management of Corn Residue for Beef Cattle,” Kristen Ulmer, Beef Systems Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; “Silage as the Primary Winter Feed for Cows,” Dr. Eric Bailey, State Extension Beef Nutrition Specialist, University of Missouri. 

The first session of the conference will be held in Greenfield, Iowa, at the Warren Cultural Center on January 15 with registration at 5:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Missouri session will be held January 16, in Savannah at the Andrew County Youth Building. It also begins with registration at 5:30 p.m. and the program following at 6:00 p.m. On January 17, the session will be held in Nebraska at the Otoe County Fair Center in Syracuse. Registration for the Syracuse location will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. 

The Three-State Beef Conference is designed to give beef cattle producers and others in the beef industry in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska a regular update on current cow-calf and stocker topics. The conference provides a forum of specialists from three of the United States’ leading beef cattle land grant universities. Attendees are asked to pre-register by Friday, January 11, 2019. The registration fee is $25 per person. For more information, contact your local university extension office.