DIXON, Ill. — Illinois cattlemen and cattlewomen will have the opportunity to hear from several experts at the 2020 Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting.
The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 6 at Sauk Valley Community College, 173 IL-2, Dixon.
“This meeting is a must-attend for Illinois cattle producers. First-hand access to this kind of knowledge in the cattle industry is rare,” said Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension beef educator.
Speakers include Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association director of international trade and market access, who will discuss tariffs, trade talks and where U.S. beef stands in major international markets.
Dr. Jim Lowe, U of I Veterinary Medicine, will discuss lessons learned from African swine fever and how the beef industry can apply these lessons. Heading off potential problems before they occur will lend to profitability and sustainability.
Josh McCann will share new research from the U of I concerning facility design. He will discuss rubber matting in slatted beef barns and bring a discussion about the latest management and benchmarks for indoor cattle feeding farms.
Paul Walker, DI Walker Consulting, will talk about real meat versus alternative proteins. Walker will share facts and opinions on what this means for the future of the beef industry.
A market update and outlook will be given by Patrick Linnell, CattleFax analyst. Linnell will give producers insight into current and future market dynamics.