The Integrated Resource Management Beef University will provide a unique opportunity to participate in the cattle harvest process May 21-23 in Fort Collins. The program beings with a live animal evaluation and concludes with a retail-ready product.
The three-day seminar will allow producers to explore the latest marketing options that are useful for production from weaning through fed cattle. Participants will test their live-animal evaluation skills and learn to perform professional quality and yield grading. The seminar includes a contest for participants to test their management and purchasing decisions and beef carcass fabrication skills.
Demonstrations and activities will include the latest information about:
- Harvest safety, testing and microbial contamination prevention;
- The impact of livestock handling on meat quality;
- Recent research about preconditioning, implants and video imaging;
- Quality and grid pricing from a packer’s perspective;
- Beef products from a consumer’s point of view and managing production for optimal appeal to consumers; and
- Performing carcass evaluation for returns.
The seminar will include hands-on participation with cattle donated by Colorado producers.
Registration is $75 per person and includes meals and transportation to and from the activities. Registration deadline is May 1; space is limited. To register, visit www.wcirm.colostate.edu or call 970-491-7604.
Beef University is sponsored by Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Livestock Association and Colorado State University’s Western Center for Integrated Resource Management and the meat science program in the university’s Animal Sciences Department.