Beef Checkoff meetings open to all investors

All beef checkoff meetings at the Cattle Industry Convention are free and open to any person who pays the checkoff. If you will be at the conference Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Phoenix, plan to attend. Pre-registration is not required. Qualified meetings include Evaluation Advisory Committee Meeting, CBB Executive Committee Meeting, CBB Audit Committee Meeting, Beef Checkoff Program Update, Checkoff Program Committee Meetings and Cattlemen's Beef Board Meeting.

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Livestock traceability on tap for Animal Institute

DENVER -- The National Institute for Animal Agriculture will fuse new features into this year’s conference, titled Livestock Traceability: Opportunities for Animal Agriculture, taking place April 10-12 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel in Denver. NIAA will again offer animal agriculture stakeholders opportunities for communication, education and consensus-building on a critical issue concerning its constituency.

Livestock Traceability impacts all of animal agriculture. Possible disease outbreaks, international trade concerns, biosecurity issues, food globalization, and place of origin labeling discussions influence consumers, policy makers, producers and distribution industries.

It’s in the media and it’s at the forefront of agendas for both industry associations and government agencies. It is up to animal agriculture professionals to lead the discussion.

NIAA will also host an interactive workshop titled: Traceability and the Real World on Thursday, April 12. This workshop will focus on economics, technology, data management, action items and next steps.

Also new this year will be the Trade Show/Technology Showcase with specific and expanded hours to allow plenty of time for attendees to learn about the most current technology, products and services focused on Livestock Traceability.

To maximize the effectiveness of the meeting, the NIAA Species Committee members will be included into the Issue Council discussions. All the issues that matter to individual species groups will now be part of the larger conversation in the six different Councils meetings on Animal Health Emergency Management, Global Animal Health and Emerging Disease, Antibiotics, Animal Care, Animal ID and Information Systems, Food Security, Regulatory and Trade, and a special meeting of the Aquatic Livestock Committee.

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Driftless Conference focus is current industry challenges

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Driftless Region Beef Conference will spotlight several big picture issues facing the beef industry, according to Denise Schwab, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The conference will be held Jan. 25-26, at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque.

“I have worked on the planning committee with colleagues from Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota to invite really great speakers to address major issues facing our industry,” Schwab said. “From cover crops to feed quality, this event will provide a wealth of information on efficient and economic forage and beef production.”

The conference will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 with a program concentrating on cover crops and feed mycotoxin risk. The evening bull pen session this year will focus on unique uses of cover crops, and a panel of local beef producers utilizing cover crops.

The morning session on Jan. 26 kicks off with Jamey Kohake, from Paragon Investments, sharing risk management tools, followed by six breakout sessions. Breakout sessions include grazing supplementation on pasture, manure safety, rumen health, calving facility designs, pasture forage species, and calf health.

The conference ends at 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 26 with a market outlook provided by Kohake.

The early registration fee of $85 per person must be received prior to midnight, Jan.12. The price increases to $115 after that date. More information on topics, speakers and lodging is available at

The Driftless Region Beef Conference is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois Extension, the University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension. For more information or to receive a brochure, contact Schwab at 319-472-4739.

Livestock producers searches for new CEO

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA), which oversees livestock marketing cooperatives and their captive livestock credit corporations, is looking for its next chief executive officer. Scott Stuart, longtime CEO of the association, was recently tapped as the new CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, which administers the Beef Checkoff.

The national CEO search is being conducted by MJM Global Search, an executive search firm located near Denver. Jim Harlan, MJM’s president and CEO, is leading the search and has placed several top executives in various agricultural and livestock organizations both nationally and internationally. Those interested in more information on the position may contact Harlan at 303-660-0766 or