RICHLAND – Three nationally recognized experts on beef production are scheduled to speak at the Beef Profitability Conference, May 19-20 at the Shiloh Inn.

Kit Pharo, a Cheyenne Wells, Col., rancher will discuss the difference between being production-driven and profit-driven, focusing on three key ways to maximize available forage.

Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska extension educator, will talk about what it takes to produce high-quality grass-fed beef and share principles of ultra high stock density grazing and success stories from several graziers around the world.

Charley Orchard, the developer of the Land EKG rangeland monitoring system, will discuss the current situation and offer his predictions on the importance and application of rangeland monitoring. He will also describe EKG DataStore, a Web-based rangeland monitoring data storage and report generating system available to clients.

Other topics that will be covered include:

• Profitable alternatives to the Conservation Reserve Program involving planned grazing;
• Feasibility of building a USDA-inspected mobile slaughter facility; and
• Pre- and post-harvest factors affecting the quality and consistency of grass-fed beef.

Ample time will be provided for audience interaction with speakers.

Visit http://www.capps.wsu.edu/grazing for information and to register for “How to Survive and Be Profitable in the Beef Business: Planned Grazing and Grass-fed Beef Production.” Registration will be limited to 175.

Cost is $205 per person. Additional members from the same family or business can register for $175.