Tuesday, May 5, 2020

12:00 PM (EST) - Registration Begins

1:00 PM - Welcome and Introduction


  1. Necropsy Demonstration - Drs. Brad Heins and Brent Credille, The University of Georgia, Athens
    Understanding the impacts of respiratory disease and utilizing proper administration of pharmaceuticals
  2. Understanding Animal Disease Chute-Side - Dr. Lee Jones, The University of Georgia, Tifton
    Looking at critical factors to decide if and when to treat, plus techniques to improve treatment response and reduce drug costs.
  3. What’s Going on in the Rumen? Dr. Lawton Stewart, The University of Georgia, Athens
    Understanding the interaction of rumen micro-organisms, the diet, and the impact on diet utilization.
  4. Rumen Anatomy and Physiology - Dr. Francis Fluharty, The University of Georgia, Athens
    Knowing the inside of the digestive system, its function, and how it impacts animal health and performance.

5:30 PM - Break for the evening 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

7:30 AM – Coffee, donuts, and visit trade show

8:00 AM – Welcome and Introductions

8:10 AM – Beef Cattle Outlook – Mr. Chris Prevatt, The University of Florida, Ona
An overview of how the market has behaved over recent past and how the market looks for cattle production in the future.

8:50 AM – Receiving Nutrition – Dr. Jason Smith, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Developing a nutritional strategy to set up cattle for success post-weaning.

9:30 AM – Break, Visit Trade

9:55 AM – Technologies and Strategies for Diagnosing Sick Cattle – Dr. Brent Credille, The University of Georgia, Athens
Treatment cost can significantly reduce or eliminate profitability. What strategies can minimize treatment while maximizing performance?

10:35 AM – Mineral Supplementation – Dr. Matt Hersom, The University of Florida, Gainesville
Do minerals really matter? How does the weaning process affect mineral status and how are requirements met?

11:15 AM –  Beef Quality Assurance – Transportation Training – Mr. Jesse Fulton, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Denver, CO
The transport phase is the most publicly visible activity in the beef-production cycle.  Beyond public perception, transport between pastures and/or facilities can present challenges to producers. The training covers all aspects of cattle transportation for ranchers and professional truckers.

12:00 PM – Lunch 

1:00 PM – BQA Transport Cont’d

1:40 PM – Trailer walk throughs – Take the opportunity to walk through different types of trailers to see how animal welfare and production flow can be positively or negatively affected.

3:00 pm – Wrap-up, evaluations, and door prizes