Now is the time to register for the 2007 National Angus Conference and Tour, a “Heartland Homecoming,” set for Aug. 29-31 in Peoria, Ill. Cattle producers should register now to ensure they meet the early registration deadline, July 27. The American Angus AssociationSM sponsors the event, along with corporate partners Purina Mills LLC and Alpharma Animal Health. A day-long conference program is followed by a two-day tour of Illinois Angus herds hosted by the Illinois Angus Association.
“The American Angus Association is excited to bring the conference and tour to Illinois, the birthplace of the Association,” says Shelia Stannard, director of communications and events for the Association. “We have secured a slate of top industry experts for the conference, and the Illinois Angus breeders are rolling out the red carpet for the tour at their various operations.”
The conference is Wednesday, Aug. 29, and features experts that will address topics ranging from reproduction and cow herd efficiencies to producing a high quality end product. Program speakers include Bill Beal, Virginia Tech; Doug Parrett, Tom Carr and Larry Berger, all with University of Illinois; Mark Polzer, Certified Angus Beef (CAB) LLC; Sally Northcutt, Bill Bowman and Jerry Cassady, all with American Angus Association.
The tour will kick off Wednesday evening at Weaver Angus Farm, Peoria. The tour continues on Thursday, Aug. 30, and begins with two stops in Peoria at manufacturing sites. The Caterpillar Inc., Track Type Tractor facility will feature the construction of Cat's largest tractors. A stop at Keystone Steel and Wire will showcase the making of fencing supplies like wire and panels. The Illinois Angus Association is hosting a cattle stop at the Woodford County Fairgrounds, Eureka. All Illinois breeders are encouraged to showcase their Angus genetics at this centralized stop. The tour will continue to Werner Angus, Cordova.
The final day of the tour includes three Angus operations. The tour on Friday, Aug. 31 will begin at Dameron Angus Farm, Lexington. The final stops include Prairie View Farm, Gridley, and Sauk Valley Angus, Rock Falls.
Registration for the event is just $75 per person if you register by the early deadline of July 27. After that, the registration fee is $125. Registration forms will be online soon. The Caterpillar tour only allows 220 people, and those who register first will have first opportunity to tour the facility. Other tours are being planned for the same time.
The Holiday Inn City Centre is the headquarters of the 2007 National Angus Conference & Tour. A block of rooms has been reserved at a nightly rate of $87 plus tax per room. All attendees must make their own room reservations by calling the hotel at 309-674-2500. Negotiated rates in the Angus block will be available until August 5. After that date, reservations will be made at a space and availability basis.
For more information about this event, contact Shelia Stannard or Monica Jordan at 816-383-5100.
The National Angus Conference & Tour is just one of the events the American Angus Association conducts for its 34,000 members and thousands of commercial cattle producers nationwide. For more information about this event, or other Association programs, visit www.angus.org.
A schedule of events follows:
2007 National Angus
Conference & Tour
August 29-31 – Peoria, Illinois
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
2 p.m. -- Registration Opens
6:30 p.m. -- Welcome Reception
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
6:30 a.m. -- Breakfast
7 a.m. -- Registration resumes
8 a.m. -- Conference Begins
Welcome -- Jot Hartley, American Angus Association President.
Get'em Bred—Understanding the Estrous Cycle and Maintenance of Pregnancy -- Bill Beal, Virginia Tech.
Association Reproductive Strategies -- Bill Bowman and Sally Northcutt, American Angus Association.
Customer Service is Key -- Jerry Cassady, American Angus Association.
Let's Talk about Efficiencies for Cow-calf Producers -- Doug Parrett, University of Illinois.
Partners in Progress—A Message from our Major Sponsor -- Rod Nulik, Purina Mills LLC.
Feed Efficiency – How do we Measure It? -- Larry Berger & Doug Parrett, University of Illinois.
Carcass Grading Basics and Instrument Grading of Beef -- Tom Carr, University of Illinois.
Certified Angus Beef—Supplying the Brand -- Mark Polzer, Certified Angus Beef LLC.
5 p.m. -- Load Buses—Tour Kick-off.
Weaver Angus Farm, Peoria
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Keystone Steel & Wire – Peoria
Caterpillar Inc. – Peoria
Woodford County Fairgrounds – Eureka – multiple Angus breeders displaying cattle.
Werner Angus – Cordova
Friday, August 31, 2007
Dameron Angus Farm – Lexington.
Prairie View Farm – Gridley.
Sauk Valley Angus – Rock Falls.