Ohio Beef School webinar
The Debate "Purebred versus Crossbred"
Jan 29, 2013
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
|Where||Many Ohio Extension offices will serve as host|
|Contact Name||Stan Smith|
|Contact Phone||740.653.5419 x 24|
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Cattlemen searching for the latest information to better prepare themselves for future involvement in the beef industry are invited to participate in the 2013 Ohio Beef Cattle School. The first session of this three session school is set for January 29, 2013 and promises a lively discussion on one of the most important issues facing cow-calf producers today.
The January 29, 2013 program features two well-respected and recognizable industry names serving as resources. Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle Company of Colorado, and Dr. Nevil Speer, Professor of Animal Science at Western Kentucky University, will discuss the subject "Breeding Considerations in Today's Beef Industry." Leachman will present "Today's Hybrid Genetics - No Kin to Your Neighbor's Black Baldy Bull". Hybrid genetics have dominated the swine, poultry, and plant industries. However, factors have allowed purebreds to dominate the dairy and beef seedstock industries. Looking forward, are ranchers better off breeding Angus or utilizing hybrid seedstock? Are there two pathways to profitability or is one superior? Dr. Speer will discuss the apparent de-emphasis on heterosis by some commercial cow-calf producers and how advanced genetic selection tools, an evolving genetic base, and the growth of quality-driven markets have contributed to this phenomenon.
The topic of using purebred or crossbred seedstock in commercial cow-calf production is one of the most hotly debated subjects within the beef industry today. The debate can be found nearly everywhere from beef-related popular press, auction barns, and breed associations, to academic institutions. Current economic conditions are driving this discussion as producers are searching out any and all means to improve production efficiencies and improve their bottom line. This program should help you sort out the genetic concepts that make the most sense for your operation.
The 2013 Ohio Beef School will follow a format similar that used in the past as each session will be broadcast locally via an internet link at a variety of locations around Ohio. If interested in attending one of these host locations, contact your local or a nearby Ohio State University Extension office to ask if their winter programming plans include hosting the Ohio Beef Cattle Schools. A listing of the host locations can also be found in the December 19, issue #815 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter at the Ohio State University Extension Beef Team's web site.
You can also participate in the 2013 Ohio Beef Cattle School even if you are unable to attend one of the host locations. Those wishing to participate in the school through a high speed internet link from their home may contact John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator at email@example.com to register. There is a $25 registration fee for this home internet link option. Login details will be forwarded upon receipt of your payment and e-mail address. Send your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and check payable to "The Ohio State University" to: John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator, 1864 Shyville Rd., Piketon, OH 45661 by January 25.