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Montana nutrition conference, livestock forum set April 9, 10 at Bozeman

February 20, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Ranching resilience will be the focus of this year's Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum in Bozeman. 

The conference will begin the afternoon of Tuesday, April 9, and run through the morning of Wednesday, April 10, at the GranTree Inn, 1325 N. 7th Avenue. 

Jude Capper, a sustainability consultant and adjunct professor of animal sciences at Washington State University, will give the keynote address, speaking on"How Do We Maintain U.S. Beef Production Sustainability and Resilience Moving Toward 2050?" 

Other conference speakers will discuss flexibility in ranching, controlling wildlife damage on rangeland, development programming in livestock, new frontiers in mineral nutrition, long and short-run cattle, market challenges and opportunities, drought impacts on groundwater, ranching communication, and a systems approach to beef cow nutrition and reproduction. 

The conference is organized by MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Rachel Endecott and others in Montana State University's Department of Animal and Range Sciences in collaboration with the Montana Feed Association.

Cost to attend both days of the conference is $80 if pre-registered or $100 at the door. Attending one day only costs $55 for Tuesday and $35 for Wednesday.  Cost to attend only the Tuesday evening meal is $30. To register, call (406) 994-3415, send an e-mail to or write Peggy Kelley at P.O. Box 172900, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. A registration brochure is available at

The schedule and speakers are: 

Tuesday, April 9

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Registration

12:30 p.m. -- Welcome:  MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Rachel Endecott; Kim Hager, Montana Feed Association; and Glenn Duff , head of the MSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences.

1 to 2 p.m. -- Creating Flexibility in Your Ranching Enterprise. Clay Mathis, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management

2 to 3 p.m. -- Wildlife Damage Control on Rangelands. Jim Knight, MSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences.

3 p.m. - Break.

3:15-4:15 p.m. -- Developmental Programming in Livestock: Why Maternal Nutrition Impacts More Than Just the Dam. Kim Vonnahme, North Dakota State University

4:15 to 5:15 p.m. -- New Frontiers in Mineral Nutrition. Troy Wistuba, Novus International

5:30 p.m.  - Social

6:15/6:30 p.m. -- Dinner and program. Scholarship presentations. Evening speaker, Jude Capper, will discuss "How Do We Maintain U.S. Beef Production Sustainability and Resilience Moving Toward 2050?"

Wednesday, April 10 

7 to 8 a.m. - Breakfast. Grad student poster judging

8 to 9 a.m. -- Long and Short-Run Cattle Market Challenges and Opportunities. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University. 

9 to 10 a.m. -- The 2000-2006 Drought: Groundwater-level Response in Wells. Tom Patton, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. 

10 a.m. - Break.

10:15 to 11 a.m. -- Ranching Communication 101: Can You Hear Me Now?  - Chaley Harney, Montana Beef Council. 

11 to 11:45 a.m. -- Beef Cow Nutrition and Reproduction: A Systems Approach. Rachel Endecott,  MSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences. 

11:45-a.m. to noon -- Presentation of graduate student poster awards. Pat Hatfield, professor of animal sciences, MSU. 

Noon - Conference wrap-up. 

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or