IBA Summer Conference

Date: June 13-14, 2017


Location: Quality Inn & Suites
201 S 3rd St., Quincy, IL 62301

Early room reservations can be made by contacting the Quality Inn & Suites at 217-222-2666 and ask for the Illinois Beef rate ($84 plus tax per night) by June 1.


9 a.m.    Registration
    Cattlemen's College Sessions 
10 a.m.     Policy & International Trade Update 
    Kent Bacus, NCBA Associate Director, Legislative Affairs
    Politics and beef trade are important, but often confusing components of the cattle industry. Learn everything that is happening in Congress and the Administration that impacts your operation, along with an update on the current state of, and future for beef trade. 
11 a.m.     Sharing the Real Story of Agriculture 
    Kim Bremmer, Ag Inspirations 
    The American beef industry is proud to produce wholesome, nutritious beef for consumers – IBA affiliate members know this first hand as they prepare to promote beef at fairs and festivals throughout Illinois. However, many have questions about how beef is produced, from pasture to plate. The average consumer is two generations removed from agriculture and has very little first-hand experience with food production. And they are hungry for information. It’s up to us, the beef community, to engage them in conversations and answer their questions about how beef is raised. This interactive session will sharpen your conversation skills and equip you with the information and confidence needed to answer tough questions about beef production. 
12:15 p.m.    Lunch & IBA Annual Meeting 
    Cattlemen's College Sessions 
2 p.m.    Health: Cow and Calf Health: Start at the Beginning 
    Dr. Mike Wells, Technical Service Veterinarian, Zoetis 

A preventive medicine approach to your herd health plan can help save you time and money by reducing the number of sick cattle to be treated. It can also keep your cattle performing better, longer. This session will help you develop a preventive herd health plan and show how the judicious use of antibiotics can support animal well-being.

    Feeds & Nutrition – Cover Crops on Your Farm
    Travis Meteer, U of I Extension Beef Specialist 
    Cover crops provide opportunities for extending the grazing season and meeting forage needs for beef cattle. Observations and data gathered from plots at the Orr Beef Research center and other farmers will be shared. Stand establishment, cover crop mixes, nutrition value in rations, and best harvest methods will be among the discussion topics. 
3 p.m.    Marketing – NCBA Market Policy Working Group 
    Ed Greiman, NCBA Cattle Marketing and International Trade Committee Chairman 
    Learn more about how the markets became what they are today and where they may go during the upcoming years. What factors are contributing to market volatility and how has the industry been working to calm the storm – those questions and more will be answered during this session. 
    End Product – Beef Cutting Demonstration
    Dr. Dustin Boler, Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois 
    Thinking outside the box is the approach meat scientists are taking in their efforts to revolutionize the future of beef restaurant and retail cuts. Learn the latest in the meat science realm during this “hands-on” carcass evaluation/demonstration. 
4 p.m.    Denim & Diamonds Cocktail Party 
6 p.m.    Awards Dinner 
    Join us as we announce and honor the winners of the IBA Farm Family of the Year, IBA Seedstock Breeder of the Year, Commercial Producer of the Year, Environmental Steward of the Year, and the Outstanding Junior Member of the Year.
8 a.m.    Tour: Quincy Farm Products 
    Quincy Farm Products provides food waste recycling to food manufacturers and processors nationwide, as well as providing animal feed products and ingredients to livestock feed producers. The primary reason food manufacturers, grain processors and grain millers work with Quincy Farm Products is to solve food waste scrap problems. We do this by auditing food manufacturers’ waste streams and identifying materials that can be diverted from expensive landfills and instead recycled into livestock feed products or separated and upgraded into high-quality ingredient inputs. 
10 a.m.    Tour: Musgrave Angus 
    Since 1961, Musgrave Angus has been breeding and selecting cattle that work in the “fescue” grass environment; perform and breed under the stress of a humid climate. We believe that good cattle start from the ground up and have always been critical on fleshing ability, structure and phenotype. Today you can find our genetics working around the world in both purebred and commercial sectors of the industry. As we face swings in the cattle industry our focus remains the same in producing a superior product that can improve our customers’ bottom line. 
Noon    Lunch: Musgrave Angus 
1 p.m.    Tour: JK Ranches 
    Raising cattle has been a family tradition dating back to the 1880s for the Kirk family. This Pike County farm family has seen many changes on their ranch through the years, but the family recently embarked on a venture that might change how cattle are raised in the Midwest. JK Ranches, Jack and Jarrod Kirk and their families, celebrated the opening of their new 300-head cow gestation barn south of Griggsville on Dec. 10. This barn is the first deep-pit monoslope cow gestation barn built in the Midwest. 

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