Organic, or natural, beef will be one topic of discussion at a symposium June 19-21 at Colorado State University.
The event, hosted by the western section of the American Society of Animal Sciences, includes presentations by industry leaders about future opportunities for beef production, such as natural beef, along with pasture resources and energy efficiency in foraged-based production systems.
One highlight includes a panel discussion about the Rocky Mountain Beef and Yampa Valley Beef brands as examples of innovative specialty marketing systems that have helped ranchers remain profitable.
The symposium includes speakers from Colorado State and other area universities and is open to the public. The $30 pre-registration deadline is May 24, but registration also is accepted at the door for $40.
Specific topics include how genetics impact animal energy efficiency, new technology, behavioral adaptations for grazing cattle, and cattle finishing programs on grassland. For a detailed schedule or more information visit www.asas.org/western02/.