INA, Ill. — Black vultures, conformation and ticks are among the topics at the Southern Illinois Beef Conference Aug. 14 in the Applied Science Center at Rend Lake College in Ina.

Running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the conference is designed to be useful for cow/calf and stocker/backgrounding producers of all knowledge levels. Sessions include:

  • Heifer evaluations by keynote speaker, Doug Parrett, professor emeritus from the University of Illinois.
  • Glenn Gordon Jr. will discuss marketing cattle from the perspective of a buyer and beef cattle markets.
  • Chris Evans, U of I Extension forester, will discuss invasive pasture plants and methods to control them.
  • Lee Ann Lyons, graduate research assistant in the U of I Pathology Department, will talk about ticks, their behavior and diseases that can impact human health.
  • Black vultures in Illinois with a special emphasis on securing a permit will be presented by Scott Beckman, state director, Wildlife Services, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cost is $15 per person for registrations received by Aug. 9, or $20 at the door. The fee is waived for Illinois Beef Association members.

The fee includes light morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and conference materials. Lunch is not guaranteed for late and onsite registrations.

Contact Teresa Steckler with questions at 618-695-4917, or tsteckle@illinois.edu, or register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dsac.

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