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INTERMOUNTAIN COW SYMPOSIUM SLATED FOR JAN. 3-4 IN TWIN FALLS

Twin Falls, Idaho -- Western cattle producers will learn about topics that are crucial to today's successful operations when the University of Idaho's 2007 Intermountain Cow Symposium convenes Jan. 3-4 in Twin Falls.

Conducted by the UI College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Idaho Cattle Association and Idaho Beef Council, the symposium will convene from 9:30 a.m. Jan. 3 through noon Jan. 4 at the College of Southern Idaho. Participants will hear the cattle industry outlook and learn about the 2005 National Beef Quality Audit and opportunities for export growth. They'll find out how to speak up for beef in a changing consumer marketplace and how to apply bovine virus diarrhea control strategies in beef herds.

Speakers will suggest management programs for grazing crested wheatgrass and practical and profitable reproductive strategies to improve cow herd performance. They'll discuss new approaches to supplementation in nutrition programs and describe the opportunities and benefits of age and source verification in beef herds. They'll present the lessons learned through A to Z Retained Ownership, Inc., and update participants on Idaho beef industry rules and regulations.

"This installment of the Cow Symposium offers producers an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of topics from beef industry leaders and begin to position their herds for the future," says Benton Glaze, symposium coordinator and UI Extension beef specialist.

Speakers include representatives of the University of Idaho, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, U.S. Meat Export Federation, Cattle-Fax, Colorado State University, Idaho Beef Council, Pfizer Animal Health, ABS Global and Sterling Marketing.

Registration is $60 by Dec. 22 and $75 afterwards. Students can attend for $30. The symposium begins at the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium and moves to the Shields Building by Wednesday afternoon. For more information, contact Glaze at (208) 736-3600 or bglaze@uidaho.edu in Twin Falls.

A free Beef Quality Assurance and Animal Identification Workshop will follow the symposium from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 4. It will include sessions on animal identification options, proper BQA techniques, maintaining cow herd health, and National Animal Identification Systems in Idaho. Participants can register their premises through the ISDA and can earn Idaho BQA certification. Call or write to Glaze to pre-register.

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