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Cattle producers should plan to attend the Cattlemen's Boot Camp, December 18-19 in Stillwater, Okla. The American Angus AssociationSM and Angus Foundation sponsor the event, hosted by Oklahoma State University (OSU). Industry experts will focus on all segments of the industry from production to meeting consumer demands.

This is the fourth Boot Camp conducted by the Foundation and Association at various universities across the country, and allows cattle producers the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the industry and basic production skills. The Boot Camp begins at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 18 on campus. An intense afternoon of discussion on end-product merit and consumer needs will kick off the event, and attendees will view actual carcass differences. A bull selection case study will fill the evening, giving the attendees an opportunity to use the information they have used in a mock sale. The Boot Camp continues on Tuesday, December 19 with presentations on nutrition and reproduction and creating value in the cow herd.

An Angus Skills Lab precedes the Boot Camp on the morning of December 18 at the OSU Beef Purebred Center. Designed for new Association members, an overview of basic forms and procedures will be presented. In addition, participants will learn basic information about artificial insemination, cattle handling, permanent identification and phenotypic selection. Skills Lab enrollment is limited to Association members, on a first-registered basis to allow for smaller group interaction.

The Boot Camp is just $75, which includes materials and meals. Register today by contacting Kris Sticken with the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100 or by accessing registration materials at

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Atherton Hotel at OSU. Make reservations by calling 405-744-6835, and be sure to ask for the American Angus Association block to get the negotiated rate. For more information, contact Shelia Stannard, Association event coordinator, or log onto

The American Angus Association, with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., provides programs and services to more than 34,000 members and thousands of commercial cattle producers nation wide. The Angus Foundation is a 501(c) 3 affiliate of the Association, and provides support to education, youth and research.

A Schedule of Events follows:

Boot Camp Schedule of Events

Monday, December 18
Animal Science 123

Noon -- Lunch & Registration

1 p.m. -- Welcome -- Dr. Don Wagner, Head of Department of Animal Science; Matt Caldwell, American Angus Association.

Developing a Business Mentality/Emerging Industry Trend -- Twig Marston, Kansas State University

What do Beef Consumers Expect? -- Dr. Brad Morgan, Oklahoma State University

Quality Grade & Yield Grade -- Dr. Gretchen Hilton, Oklahoma State University

Branded Beef Programs -- Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef LLC

Value Differences in Carcasses -- Dr. Deb VanOverbeke, Oklahoma State University

6 p.m. -- Dinner

7 p.m. -- Case Study—“Which Bull Should I Buy?” -- Bill Bowman, Matt Caldwell, American Angus Association; Dr. Bob Kropp, Oklahoma State University

Tuesday, December 19
Animal Science 123

7 a.m. -- Breakfast

8 a.m. -- Body Condition and Reproduction -- Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University

Cow Herd Nutrition -- Dr. David Lalman, Oklahoma State University

Economic Outlook -- Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University

Creating Value --Ty Groshans, American Angus Association

Question/Answer Session

Noon -- Adjourn


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