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Beef producer symposium slated for Banff, June 18, 2013

Posted: May 23, 2013

Calgary, Alta. May 23, 2013. Beef producers can get a unique look inside their industry at a one-day beef symposium slated for the Banff Park Lodge in Banff, Alta. June 18, 2013.

Hosted in conjunction with the joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the Canadian Meat Science Association, the producer symposium session has a theme of "Beef from farm to fork: A producer's perspective."

"We wanted to give producers a look inside the key issues of the times with some the leading scientists involved in these issues," says Dr. Trevor Alexander, research scientist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Lethbridge Research Centre, and co-chair of the conference committee. Nine top scientists from across North America will be presenting.

A wide range of producer oriented topics will be covered including Dr. Jennifer Aalhus' presentation on meat quality and improving carcass value. Aalhus is with the AAFC Lacombe Research Centre. Dr. Reynold Bergen science lead at the Canadian Cattlemen's Association will discuss trends and new opportunities in the industry.

Two international speakers are also featured. Dr. Todd Calloway, Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, in College Station, Texas will provide insights on mitigating pathogens in food safety. Dr. Anthony Confer, Oklahoma State University will present his research on bovine respiratory disease, predisposing factors for bacterial pneumonia.

There is a strong emphasis on production in many presentations. Dr. Bart Lardner of the Western Beef Development Centre will talk on forage and water management in cow-calf systems. Kathy Larson, economist at the Centre will discuss industry economics and market stressors. Dr. Stephen Miller of the University of Guelph will discuss genetic drivers of cow-calf profitability. And Dr. Greg Penner of the University of Saskatchewan will speak on mitigation strategies for acidosis.

The increasingly high profile area of animal welfare will be featured in a presentation by Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein of AAFC Lethbridge Research Centre who will discuss welfare management practices that benefit production.

The beef symposium is being supported by several sponsors including the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) and MNP. There is no cost to attend and coffee is provided. Registering for the symposium can be done by emailing Trevor Alexander, AAFC Lethbridge Research Centre, email .