NCBA Trade Show presents the 2020 NCBA Learning Lounge. These sessions offer busy attendees valuable educational tips. The Learning Lounge is where attendees can stop in and enjoy informal, face-to-face talks and hand on technology in a small intimate theater like setting right on the Trade Show floor.
Learning Lounge Schedule
Wednesday, February 5
|4:30 pm - 5:30 pm||Prime Potential
There's more Prime beef available than ever before, but it's still not enough to satisfy demand. Clint Walenciak, Certified Angus Beef(r) director of packing, will discuss the opportunities available for Prime carcasses and how to produce cattle that capitalize on the premiums it pays.
|5:30 pm - 6:30 pm||Value-Added Feeder Calf Marketing
You invest a lot in your feeder cattle. Make sure you get what they're worth. Paul Dykstra, beef cattle specialist for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand, discusses how to get the full value of genetics, management and programs when it comes to sale time and what you can do to attract a premium for your calves.
|6:30 pm - 8:30 pm||AngusLinksm
Learn about feeder calf marketing options to help you get a return on your investment. AngusLinksm combines USDA Process Verified Programs with a Genetic Merit Scorevard that gives buys confidence in your calves. From age and source verification to cattle care and handling, explore which programs make the most sense for you.
Thursday, February 6
|9:30 am - 10:30 am||Why is Ranch Succession SO HARD? Learn about Today's Top Hurdles & What you can do about them
Many ranch operations and families struggle with the challenge of supporting the needs of multiple generations in the business; not to mention the common conflicts with non-participating heirs. Join us for a comprehensive, candid discussion of how to turn awkward conflicts into productive solutions. Learn important steps to organize, communicate and implement your ranch succession plan that will support you today, into retirement, and for generations to come.
Mr. Michael McCormack
|10:30 am - 11:30 am||Beef on Dairy, a Win-Win Opportunity
As the industry looks to expand trade into more international markets, beef-on-dairy crosses can offer feeders several benefits. Forging relationships with suppliers will be important to drive the greatest benefit for both buyers and sellers. Don Close will navigate beef on dairy from economic, business and cultural perspectives and help you want to break down the wall between cattlemen and dairymen.
Mr. Don Close
|11:30 am - 12:30 pm||Why Being a "Grass Farmer" on Your Pastures Leads to better Return on Your Investment
This session explores why managing pastures with the mentality of a row crop producer means more money in your pocket. Learn how managing weeds can lead to higher carry capacity, extended grazing seasons, reduce reliance on purchased feed, increase rest periods in rotational grazing programs and much more. Discover ways to get the best return on your investment in you pasture weed control program during this interactive session.
Dr. Scott Flynn, PhD
|12:30 pm - 1:30 pm||Reshaping the AgTech Landscape
AgTech is big business propelled by small start-ups. Farm Credit is on the forefront of this new shift in the market, helping to shape a sector that saw $16.9 Billion in investments last year alone. By providing a pipeline to financing resources and infrastructure, along with expertise, Farm Credit is connecting entrepreneurs with cattleman to find innovative ways of disrupting and reshaping the beef industry. You'll learn about game-changing new products and hear from the thinkers and doers who are developing them in local fields and feedlots across the country.
Ben Fogle, Managing Director - Capital Markets at Farm Credit Services of America and Melissa Brandao, Founder & Chief Revenue Officer, HerdDogg
|1:30 pm - 2:30 pm||Nutrition: Primed for Performance
Getting calves eating after arrival or weaning is often difficult. Nutrient in-take is key to performance and animal health at all stages of production, particularly during times of predicted stress. Stop in to learn about starting cattle right by priming their appetites and the impact on cattle health and performance.
Kent Product and Sales Team Product Manager and Territory Sales Manager
|2:30 pm - 3:30 pm||FORAGES: Principles, Practices, and Profitability
This session will provide practical forage management concepts on establishment, production and utilization that can aid producers with more efficient-profitable livestock operations. Complimentary copies of several books they have written will be available in the Learning Lounge and/or at the Oregon Forage Seed Commissions exhibit.
Dr. Don Ball and Dr. Gary Lacefield
|3:30 pm - 4:30 pm||Calf Health: How Can We Make a Difference?
Calf health is the number one priority to the success of beef operations. We will look at the many aspects of calf health that we can influence, including Maternal Antibodies from colostrum, Parasitology, Bovine Virus' and the influencers for the Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex. Understanding our risk factors and how they impact production will enhance our ability to have improved success with calf health.
Dr. Joe Gillespie, DVM, MS
|4:30 pm - 5:30 pm||Don't Divert Nutrients Away from Gains
Newly received cattle are predisposed to several challenges and stressors that can negatively impact health, growth and performance. Cattle need additional management and nutritional solutions during that critical time to reach their highest level of genetic potential. Progressive feed additive products, like active dry yeast probiotics, can be one tool that producers can use to positively support the immune system which lead to improvements in health and performance outcomes. Learn more on Thursday, February 6th at 4:30 pm at the NCBA Learning Lounge!
Dr. Angel Aguilar, PhD, Dipl. ACAN
Friday, February 7
|9:30 am - 10:30 am||3-2-1 : Building Proficiency in Pasture Management
Noble Research Institute will bring you a formula to help assess, plan and execute ways to build proficiency in pasture management. What are three things you should be doing right now? What are two things you can focus on during the coming year? What is one thing you should not pass up knowing? Join Hugh Aljoe, director of producer relations, and other members of Noble's consultation team as we discuss how you can become more intentional in your pasture management. Noble Research Institute focuses on land stewardship in beef cattle production with producer profitability.
Mr. Hugh Aljoe
|10:30 am - 11:30 am||Better Haymaking
When margins are thin and you need to optimize your inputs, it's crucial to take a look at improving your hay and forage production to boost ROI.
Jordan Milewski, Crop Preparation Marketing Manager, New Holland, North America
|11:30 am - 12:30 pm||LANDVisor™ - A State-of-the-Art Decision Making Tool for Range & Pasture
You know your land. But you've never known it like this. This session will introduce you to LANDVisor™. For the first time, get a comprehensive view of your land, revealing actionable insights to make the right decisions at the right time. LANDVisor combines sophisticated imagery, data, technology and expert guidance to give you confidence in your land management decisions. In this session learn about this first of it's kind tool that is just being introduced to the range and pasture market. See a demonstration and learn if this tool is right for your operation.
Dr. Charles Hart, PhD
|12:30 pm - 1:30 pm||Verification Matters
IMI Global, a third-party verification company, will cover the requirements of their many value-added programs and give industry updates.
Leann Saunders, President & COO
|1:30 pm - 2:30 pm||Corn, Cattle & Sustainable Next Generation Feed Products
Join fellow cattle producers in learning about next generation feed products and what they mean for you and your operation. Currently, cattle producers recognize distillers grains as an economically beneficial and nutritionally valuable source of protein and energy. A panel including nutritionists, corn growers and cattlemen will share about the evolution of distillers grains. By separating corn into its most valuable components, there is opportunity for the nutritional needs of animals to be better met. While corn and the current distillers grain are advantageous when fed in combination and will continue to be a great choice, cattle at different stages of growth may further benefit from specifically fractionated feed products that have the ability to provide nutrients at more optimal levels than current products. Join us to learn about technology advancements in fractionation and how they support the development of targeted rations for cattle in various geographies and life stages.
NCGA Board Member and Missouri farmer Gary Porter; NCGA Director of Market Development Sarah McKay; Iowa State University Professor and Director of Iowa Beef Center, Dr. Daniel D. Loy; Senior Nutritionist for Fluid Quip Technologies Professor Peter E.V. Williams
|2:30 pm - 3:30 pm||A Conservation Conversation: The Art of Grazing Management
Many times managers hear about the next "best" grazing system. This session will focus on the "art" to effective grazing management: achieving financial objectives, addressing resource concerns, and providing other valuable ecosystem services. There is no "cookie-cutter" method to an individual's grazing strategy.
Mr. Charles Kneuper
|3:30 pm - 4:30 pm||Is Premium Nutrition Really Worth It?
When cattle producers are trying to cut costs, mineral programs seem to be the first to go, but should they be? When reproductive efficiency is the pinnacle of profitability in the herd, nutrition becomes a valuable ally in shortening the calving windows, faster breed back and sustained pregnancies. Join us as we discuss the value of premium nutrition and how an investment in a quality mineral program will generate return on numerous fronts.
Mr. John Tucker, Large Beef Accounts Specialist