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202 Linfield Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
406-994-3681

Conception to Consumption

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Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics
Montana State University
P.O. Box 172920
Bozeman, MT 59717-2920

Tel: (406) 994-3701
Fax: (406) 994-4838
Location: 306 Linfield Hall

Dept. Head:
Dr. Wendy Stock
agecon@montana.edu

Conception to Consumption with an International Flavor - The Beef Cattle Industry in Montana and Beyond

Multidisciplinary Seminar - Spring 2000

Course Objective:
To examine the beef industry and its interface with modern scientific techniques designed to improve the efficiency and quality of the beef product. Learn how biotechnology has effected the entire beef production system from conception to the grocery store and influence of international markets and competitors.

The course will conclude with an 8 to 10 day trop to Colorado followed by a trip to the Pampas of Argentina to meet with our customers (purchasers of breeding stock) and competitors (exporters of fat cattle) in an international setting.

Topics of weekly seminars:
The Purebred Industry: Performance and breed associations and their role domestically and internationally. Marketing of purebred cattle; marketing genes, thatís what is really being sold. Biotechnology in the cattle business; artificial insemination, embryo transfer, cloning, and in vitro fertilization. Discussion of the potential for genetic changes and international movement of genetic materials.

The Commercial Industry: The complexities of managing livestock in a sustainable ecosystem. Marketing in a global economy. The Feedlot; where the commercial cattle from Montana go to be finished for the consumer. Beyond the feedlot; international markets and packer concentration.

Field Trip: The class goes to Colorado and Argentina