Beef & Forage Days 2008

Jan 21, 2008

Agenda will vary slightly at locations.

(9:30 a.m.) Registration – Refreshments

Winter Feeding Cows – Managing Manure Nutrients – Dr. Bart Lardner, Western Beef Development Centre, Humboldt, SK

Market Update and Outlook– Mr. Rick Wright, Cattlex Limited, Hamiota, MB

Using Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) in Bull Selection – Mr. Blaine Canning

Western Beef Development Centre Research Update -Dr. Bart Lardner

Manitoba Cattle Producer’s Association Update

Manitoba Forage Council Update

Speaker Profiles

Dr. Bart Lardner – After obtaining his PhD in ruminant nutrition and forage management from the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Lardner has been working with the Western Beef Development Centre as a research scientist focusing on cow-calf and forage production research. Dr. Lardner has many years of practical experience in the cow-calf, feedlot and animal health sectors. Dr. Lardner is an Adjunct Professor with the Dept. of Animal & Poultry Science at the University of Sask. where he supervises undergraduate and graduate students and teaches classes in grazing nutrition and beef management. His current research program focuses on beef cow winter feeding systems which utilize swath grazing, bale grazing, straw/chaff and ethanol co-products. Other research areas include backgrounding programs, water quality research and evaluation of new pasture forages. Dr. Lardner currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Society of Animal Science as a Director At Large.

Rick Wright – Rick is a livestock order buyer and cattle broker for Cattlex Ltd. He also writes a column "The Bottom Line" for Cattle Country, a publication of the Manitoba Cattle Producers Association.

Blaine Canning – Blaine and Pauline Canning along with their son Michael own and operate Prairielane Farms Ltd. which is located in the southwest corner of MB. Their farm consists of 4000 acres of which 1000 acres is cropped to cereals and oilseeds. The remainder is either forages or pastureland. Their cattle herd consists of approximately 300 purebred Angus females- ¾ are purebred Black Angus and the remaining ¼ are Red Angus. All cattle are either sold as breeding stock at their annual spring sale or finished on farm. Prairielane Farms maintains a closed herd with only four head being introduced into the herd in the last 20 years. Prairielane Farms has been using performance records for over 35 years and have been raising purebred Angus for over 50 years.

Blaine is currently serving as Past President of the Canadian Angus Association. He has served on the MB Angus Association and has served as President of the Souris Health District.