On September 21 and 22, more than 200 Western Slope cattle producers attended the Rocky Mountain region’s Stockmanship and Stewardship program. Sponsored by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Boehringer Ingelheim, the traveling program makes five stops annually, each hosted by area universities and cattle organizations that take on a local flare. Colorado State University (CSU) Animal Sciences, CSU Western Region Extension and Colorado BQA hosted this year’s program in Montrose, focusing on “High Country” stockmanship topics. Colorado Beef Council, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and Colorado Livestock Association also supported the event.
The program’s distinct draw for area producers was the opportunity to hear Dr. Temple Grandin’s keynote address, “Animal Welfare in the 21st Century”, but also to interact with her one-on-one during hands-on sessions. Those who came in anticipation of Dr. Grandin received bonus instruction beyond Grandin’s expertise in cattle behavior, welfare and facility design, into topics of cattle health, low-stress cattle handling and transport, and Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) principles.
Friday, September 22
8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Optional Pre-Event Tours (Choose one; space limited)
12:00 p.m. – Registration Opens
1:00 p.m. – Welcome and Introductions
1:15 p.m. – Best Management Practices to Optimize Cattle Health, Dr. Jerry Woodruff, Professional Services Veterinarian, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
2:15 p.m. – Economic Considerations of Low-Stress Handling on Cattle Performance, Dan Mooney, CSU Agricultural Economics, and Dr. Ryan Rhoades, CSU Beef Extension Specialist
3:15 p.m. – Break
3:30 p.m. – Producer Panel Discussion: A Producer’s Perspective on Evolving Stockmanship and Stewardship, Moderator Kevin Ochsner, NCBA Cattlemen to Cattlemen
6:00 p.m. – Steak taste-panel dinner, Dr. Dale Woerner, CSU Meat Sciences
7:00 p.m. - Animal Welfare in the 21st Century, Keynote Address, Dr. Temple Grandin, CSU Animal Sciences
8:00 p.m. – Networking and Entertainment
Saturday, September 23
8:00 a.m. – 2016 National Beef Quality Audit Results, Speaker TBD
8:30 a.m. - Classroom BQA Training, Libby Bigler, Colorado BQA
10:30 a.m. – Stockmanship and Stewardship Demonstration, Curt Pate & Ron Gill, NCBA Stockmanship & Stewardship
12:30 p.m. – BBQ Beef Lunch
1:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Hands-on Rotations (30 minutes each)
4:30 p.m. – Closing remarks
Registration and events will take place at the Taylor Conference Center at CSU’s ARDEC facilities.
From the north: Take Interstate 25 exit 278, turn left at the light to go over the interstate, and turn right onto the frontage road heading south. Continue 3.5 miles and turn left onto East County Road 56. The Taylor Conference Center will be on the left side of the road.
From the south: Take Interstate 25 exit 271 (Mountain Vista). Turn right and continue north along the frontage road. Continue 3 miles and turn right onto East County Road 56. The Taylor Conference Center will be on the left side of the road.