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Tri-State Beef Conference

Educating cow/calf producers and stocker operators of Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina

The Tri-State Beef Conference is an educational program for cow/calf producers and stocker operators to learn about managing production and price risk. The annual conference is presented by University of Tennessee Extension, Virginia Cooperation Extension, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Proceedings from the past conferences are available below. The proceedings include presentations from university and industry experts as well as, for the most recent years, virtual tours of operations in all three states.

Pre-conference Tour: Three Virginia Stocker Operations

Managing Health on Newly Purchased Calves and What to do IN a Health Wreck
Dr. Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Stocker-Feedlot Dynamics: How is it changing?
Mr. Dave Latta, General Manager, Pratt Feeders

Stocker Operator Panel
Tennessee Stocker Operators

Beef Cattle Outlook
Dr. Ron Plain, Extension Economist, University of Missouri

Use of Supplemental Feeds in a Forage Based Stocker Program
Paper
Dr. Matthew Poore, Extension Livestock Nutritionist, North Carolina State University

Livestock Risk Protection Insurance for Stocker Operations
Paper
Dr. Emmit Rawls, Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, University of Tennessee

Pre-conference Tour: Three Tennessee Cow/Calf Operations

Lessons Learned from 27 years of Retained Ownership – Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity
Mr. Darrell Busby, Extension Beef Specialist, Iowa State University

Beef Cattle Outlook and Industry Changes
Dr. David P. Anderson, Professor & Extension Economist, Texas A&M University

Managing Genetic Defects and Enhancing End Product
Dr. Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Virginia Tech

Weaning Healthy Calves
Dr. Fred Hopkins, Extension Veterinarian, University of Tennessee

Cow/Calf Producer Panel
Mike Goldwasser – Hillsville, VA – Text
Tim Sutphin – Dublin, VA – Text – Presentation

Utilization of By-product Feed in Beef Cattle Diets
Dr. Lawton Stewart, Beef Extension Specialist, University of Georgia

Decisions, Decisions, What do I do with my calf crop?
Presentation 1
Presentation 2
Dr. Curt Lacy, Extension Economist, University of Georgia

What to Expect from a Custom Feedlot When Retaining Ownership
Mr. David Trowbridge, Manager, Gregory Feedlots, Inc.

Pre-conference Tour: Two Virginia Stocker Operations

Managing the Health of Stocker Calves
Dr. John Currin, DVM Dipl ABVP Clinical Professor & Extension Veterinarian, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Managing Pastures for the Stocker Operations
Dr. Mark McCann, Beef Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech

Considerations in Buying Stocker Calves
Mr. Sidney Riley, Stocker Operator and Order Buyer, Bluff City, TN

Livestock Risk Protection Insurance for Stocker Operations
Ms. Tammy McKinley, Extension Specialist, University of Tennessee

Beef Cattle Outlook and Industry Changes
Dr. Emmit Rawls, Livestock Marketing Specialist, University of Tennessee


Pre-conference Tour: Three Tennessee Cow/Calf Operations

Cattle Handling and Management Practices
Cattle Handling Pointers
Methods of Determining Age of Cattle
Aging Cattle Pictures
Dr. Mark Alley, Clinical Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine


Considerations in Genetic Selection & What About DNA?
Paper
Dr. Scott Greiner, Associate Professor and Extension Animal Scientist, Virginia Tech

Managing the Calving Season & Reproduction to Increase Marketing Options
Paper
Dr. F. Neal Schrick, Professor, University of Tennessee

Forages in Beef Production Systems
Dr. Gary Bates, Professor and Forage Specialist, University of Tennessee

Managing Feed Needs While Controlling Costs
Dr. Mark McCann, Professor and Beef Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech

Marketing Virginia Quality Assured Feeder Cattle
Paper
Mr. Scott Jessee, Extension Agent, Russell County Virginia

Beef Cattle Outlook and Industry Changes
Dr. Ron Plain, D. Howard Doane Professor of Agricultural Economics and Extension Economist, University of Missouri

Comments on the July 1 Semi-annual Cattle Inventory Summary
Dr. Ron Plain, D. Howard Doane Professor of Agricultural Economics and Extension Economist, University of Missouri

Pre-conference Tour: Virginia Cow/Calf and Stocker Operations

Pinkeye in Beef Cattle
Dr. Dee Whittier, Professor, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Current Economics Climate of the Cattle Business
Dr. Derrell S. Peel, Breedlove Professor of Agribusiness and Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Managing Risk in the Beef Business
Mr. John Rakestraw, CEO, Agra Holdings, LP

Making the Most of the Big Dollar Cattle Treatments: Antibiotics and Dewormers
Paper
Dr. Dee Whittier, Professor, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Making the Most of Your Forage Program
Mr. Kevin Ferguson, Extension Area Specialist – Farm Management, University of Tennessee Extension

Cow/Calf Producer Panel

Stocker Operator Panel

Virtual Tours
Stuart Land and Cattle Company – Rosedale, VA
Foster Farms – Glade Spring, VA
Riverview Farms – Knoxville, TN
Terry Snyder Farm – Mountain City, TN

Heifer Development for the Cow/Calf Producer and Stocker Operator
Dr. Justin Rhinehart, Assistant Professor & Extension Beef Specialist, University of Tennessee

Scott County Premium Assured Heifer Program
Dr. Bill Fuller, DVM

Weed Control & Pasture Based Beef Operations
Dr. Scott Hagood, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

Beef Industry Issues
Dr. John Anderson, Deputy Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

Beef Cattle Outlook and Market Planning
Mr. Jim Robb, Senior Agricultural Economist and Director, Livestock Marketing Information Center

Managing Price Risk in Beef Operations
Dr. Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor & Livestock Marketing Specialist, University of Tennessee

By-product Feeds and Feed Additives
Dr. Matt Poore, Professor & Extension Ruminant Nutrition Specialist

Health & Behavior and Their Impact on Performance in Stocker Operations and the Feedlot
Dr. Brad White,DVM, Associate Professor, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine

The Big Picture – Start to Finish
Mr. Tom Brink, Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding

Virtual Tours
Whit and Rosalie Lee – Bell Buckle, TN
John Garrett – Damascus, VA
Bass and Sandra Hyatt, Brasstown, NC

Beef Cattle Outlook
Dr. Kenny Burdine, Assistant Professor & Livestock Marketing Economist, University of Kentucky

Pre-weaning Calf Management and Its Effects on Post-weaning Performance
Dr. Philipe Moriel, Assistant Professor & Livestock Specialist, North Carolina State University

Commodity Feed and Mineral Supplementation
Dr. Mark McCann, Professor, Virginia Tech

Novel Approaches to the Diagnosis of Respiratory Disease in Cattle
Dr. Marc Caldwell, DVM, DACVIM, Assistant Professor, Farm Animal Field Service, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Overview of the Feedlot Industry Today
Mr. Jay Cortese, Manager of Cattle Procurement, Friona Industries, L.P.

Virtual Tours
Steve Elsea – Tennessee
Adam Wilson – Virginia
Johnny Rogers – North Carolina

Beef Cattle Outlook
Dr. Derrell Peel, Breedlove Professor of Agribusiness & Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Body Condition of Calves and Performance in the Feedlot
Mr. John Butler, CEO, Beef Marketing Group

Hoof Confirmation and Selecting Breeding Stock
Dr. Sarel van Amstel, BVSc, Dip Med Vet, M Med Vet, Professor, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Receiving Program for Stockers and New Products and How They Are Used
Dr. John Currin, DVM, Diplomate ABVP, Associate Professor, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Financial Risk: Importance of Lender Relationship
Mr. Kevin Ferguson, Extension Area Specialist – Farm Management, University of Tennessee Extension

Extending the Grazing Season, Soil Health and Managing Weeds
Mr. Johnny Rogers, Amazing Grazing Coordinator, North Carolina State University

Virtual Tours
Adam Martin – Tennessee
Mike Hendrickson – Virginia
Mike and Carolyn Bradley – North Carolina
Steve Whitmire – North Carolina

Beef Cattle Outlook
Dr. David Anderson, Professor and Extension Economist, Texas A&M University

Considerations for A.I. in Cow/Calf Herd
Dr. Justin Rhinehart, Associate Professor & Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, University of Tennessee

Pasteurella and Its Impact on Stocker Health
Dr. John Currin, DVM, Diplomate ABVP, Associate Professor, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Forage Analysis: How to use it & designing a supplementation program
Paper
Dr. Jason Smith, Assistant Professor & Extension Beef Cattle Specialist

Virtual Tours
Jerry Ray – Tennessee
Bill and Jackie Little – Virginia
Mike and Jean Jones – North Carolina

Big Picture in the Cattle Industry
Paper
Dr. Tom Field, Professor and Paul Engler Chair in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Managing Calving Difficulties
Paper
Dr. Derek Foster, DVM and Dr. Harrison Dudley, DVM, North Carolina State University

Beef Cattle Outlook
Paper
Dr. Scott Brown, Assistant Professor in Extension, University of Missouri

Pinkeye Impacts and Considerations
Paper
Dr. Lew Strickland, DVM, Assistant Professor and Extension Veterinarian, University of Tennessee

Reaching New Markets, Retail Beef
Paper
Ms. Valerie Bass, Executive Director Tennessee Beef Council and Mr. Jason Carter, Executive Director Virginia Cattlemen’s Association

Virtual Tours
Philip Bundy – Virginia
Jerry and Carolyn Lay – Tennessee

Breeding Soundness Exam
Dr. Lew Strickland, DVM, Assistant Professor and Extension Veterinarian, University of Tennessee

Stocker vs. Feedlot Health
Dr. Harold Newcomb, DVM, Merck Animal Health

Ag Policy Impacting the Beef Industry
Mr. Burton Eller, Burton Eller and Associates

Beef Cattle Outlook
Dr. Josh Maples, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University

Management Intensive Grazing
Dr. Dennis Hancock, Professor and State Extension Specialist, University of Georgia

Virtual Tours
Lisa Shelton – John Queen Farms – North Carolina
Bill Hickman – Hickman Hollow Farm – Tennessee
Glenn Wheeler – Wheeler Farms – Virginia

Corn Silage as an Alternative Feed: Feeding to Cows and Stocker Cattle
Dr. Jason Smith, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Tennessee

Advancing Reproductive Management
Case Study
Dr. Victor Mercadante, DVM, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech University

Beef Cattle Outlook
Dr. Kenny Burdine, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky

Stocker vs Feedlot Health
Dr. Mark Alley, DVM, Zoetis

Endophyte Fescue vs. Novel Endophyte: Impacts on Reproduction, Milk Production, and Stocker Growth
Dr. Matt Poore, Professor and Extension Leader, North Carolina State University

Restoring Feeding Areas Back to Pasture after Feeding and Developing a Feeding Area
Dr. Gary Bates, Professor and Director, UT Beef and Forage Center, University of Tennessee