Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

11:00 AM (CST) – Registration begins (trade show opens)

1:00 PM – Welcome and Introduction

1:15 PM – General Session I: Justifications of Stockmanship and Stewardship
1:15 PM Consumer Perceptions of Common Production Practices and Animal Welfare
2:00 PM Impact of Stress and Handling on Cattle Performance
2:30 PM Economics of Best Management Practices

3:00 PM – Break and Visit Trade Show

3:30 PM – Breakout Sessions: Practical Stewardship (Groups will rotate at 4:15 PM)
Best Management Practices for Castration, Dehorning, and Euthanasia
Forage and Nutrition Planning

5:00 PM – Hands on BQA

7:00 PM – Reception and Dinner 


Friday, August 4th, 2017

7:30 am – Breakfast and visit trade show

8:30 AM to Noon – Breakout Sessions: Practical Stockmanship (sessions 1 hour each)

Reading Cattle Behavior and Teaching Cattle to Respond
Low-Stress Cattle Handling – on horseback
Low-Stress Cattle Handling – on foot

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM – Break (between 2nd and 3rd breakout session)

12:00 PM – Lunch 

1:00 PM General Session II: Best Management Practices
1:00 PM Environmental Stewardship Hot Topics
1:30 PM Combating Cowboy Tendencies
2:00 PM Conference Wrap Up

2:30 pm – Tour of MSU Beef Unit Stocker Facilities