Idaho -- University of Idaho Extension will hold five Winter Beef Schools in January for beef cattle producers in southwestern Idaho. The workshops will feature current topics in beef production and have been scheduled for Jan. 18 in Cambridge (10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds), Jan. 22 in Emmett (5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Gem County Fairgrounds 4-H building), Jan. 23 in Bruneau (noon-4 p.m. at the Lions Den), Jan. 24 in Jordan Valley (noon-4 p.m. at the Legion Hall) and Jan. 25 in Caldwell (5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Canyon County Extension Office). Each meeting will include lunch or dinner.
The Cambridge Beef School is being held in conjunction with the Weiser River Cattlemen's Association Winter Meeting. Topics will include results of the 2006 National Beef Quality Audit, branding and labeling of beef products, economics of cattle feeding in Idaho at the current stage of the cattle cycle, and cowherd nutrition. In addition, a short lunch-time association meeting will be held, along with a trade show.
Topics at the Emmett, Bruneau, Jordan Valley and Caldwell Beef Schools will be similar: beef cattle health and vaccination strategies, trace mineral nutrition for cowherds, and the economics of cattle feeding in Idaho at the current stage of the cattle cycle. UI Extension faculty, veterinarians and animal nutritionists will deliver these sessions.
For more information on these events, contact UI Extension beef specialist Jason Ahola at (208) 459-6365 or one of the UI Extension educators coordinating the meetings: Gordon Keetch at 253-4279 in Cambridge, Stephanie Etter at 459-6003 in Emmett and Caldwell or Scott Jensen at 896-4104 in Bruneau and Jordan Valley.