Local and regional experts in cattle nutrition, economics, marketing and animal health will be featured at the first annual Okanogan Beef Information Days on Jan. 7 and 21 at the Mount Olive Grange Hall in Riverside.

The program is organized by WSU Extension and the Okanogan County Cattlemen’s Association.

“We encourage producers to attend both events because they feature a different set of speakers,” said Norman Suverly, WSU Extension Okanogan County director.

On Monday, Jan. 7, Suverly and Dale Grotelueschen, of Pfizer Animal Health, will discuss “Beef Quality Assurance: It’s More than Just Lessons.” Dale Moore, WSU Extension veterinarian specialist, will talk about “What Can Go Wrong in Calving: Calf-hood Diseases.”

On Monday, Jan. 21, Shannon Neibergs, WSU Extension livestock economist, will talk about economics and marketing issues for tomorrow’s beef industry. John Wenz, of the WSU veterinarian field diagnostics unit, will discuss “BVD Pilot Project and BVD Control on the Ranch.” Rick Goodall, of Vitalix, will discuss the timely topic of cow/calf herd nutrition and supplementing strategies.

The Mount Olive Grange Hall is located off Highway 97 on E. Main Street, eight miles north of Omak. The events are scheduled 6-9 p.m. with check-in and coffee starting at 5:30 p.m. Registration is $5 at the door.
An RSVP is appreciated to help in planning. Refreshments, handouts and a copy of the new Beef Management Calendar will be provided. To RSVP or for more information, please contact the WSU Okanogan County Extension office at (509) 422-7245 or e-mail suverly@wsu.edu.

The events are open to anyone involved in any segment of beef cattle production and participants need not be a member of the Okanogan County Cattlemen or a resident of Okanogan County to attend.