With the theme “Innovations in Intensive Beef Cow Production, Care and Management,” the third annual Dr. Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation Research Symposium is set for Sept. 17-18 in Oklahoma City. Hosted this year by Oklahoma State University on a rotating basis with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Texas A&M University, the symposium will focus on practical applications of the research on cow efficiency at the three universities, partly funded by the Eng Foundation.
A strong line-up is on tap for attendees interested in learning more about how to improve the efficiency of their cow operation. The symposium will run from noon to noon, Sept. 17-18, at the historic Skirvin Hotel. Pre-registration is $125, or $150 at the door. Find more information on registration, schedule and hotel rooms online or email [email protected] or call the Eng Foundation at 575-743-6331 or Oklahoma State University at 405-744-6060.
Click here for a look at the full agenda. In conjunction with the symposium, Eng will release his latest book, “Memories of Old Friends, Old Flames, Old Times and the Tales We Can Tell.” It’s a book of poetry and prose that celebrates the cattle industry and the people who make it special.
Eng is a long-time educator, rancher and consulting nutritionist who developed the Eng Foundation “to improve the long-term economic sustainability of the cow-calf sector in the U.S. beef industry though development and adoption of beef product quality.” The Eng Foundation is his tribute to his wife, Caroline McDonald Eng, who died in a June 2010 accident. She served as chief financial officer of Eng Ranches, including g their land, cattle, research and consulting operations. Eng was honored as BEEF magazine’s 2013 Trailblazer Award nominee.
2015 agenda highlights:
Sept. 17 afternoon session:
- Confined Cow-Calf Production as a Viable Model for Rebuilding U.S. Cow Herd Numbers—Don Close, Rabobank
- Economics of Alternative Cow-Calf Production Systems—Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Enhancing Ranch Land Ecosystem Services with Semi-Confinement Systems—Ryan Reuter, Oklahoma State University
- Round Table discussion with cattle producers and consulting nutritionists
Morning session, Sept. 18:
- Non-typical Genetic Effects and Implications for Intensive Systems—Andy Herring, Texas A&M University
- Strategies to Enhance Cow Efficiency in Intensive Systems—Jason Sawyer, Texas A&M University
- Optimizing Use of Corn Residues for Grazing and Harvest—Jason Warner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Health Management of Neonatal Calves Born in Confinement Systems—Jared Taylor, Oklahoma State University Vet Medicine
Click here to make hotel reservations or call the Skirvin Hilton at 405-272-3040. A special block of rooms will be held until Aug. 26 or when the block is sold out.
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