Cattle issues topic of Beef Cattle Field Day

April 19, 2010

BURNS, Ore. – The inaugural Beef Cattle Field Day, a new opportunity for ranchers and researchers to discuss research, will focus on a variety of issues relevant to beef cattle – including the listing of sage grouse as a candidate for federal protection.

The field day, scheduled May 27 in Burns, will feature Ed Shepard of the Bureau of Land Management, who will speak at 9:30 a.m. about potential impacts of the sage grouse listing on ranchers and BLM permit users.

Other experts will talk during the morning session about wild horse management, public lands, cattle diseases and the role of the Oregon Beef Council. The first session begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with a roundtable discussion with all the speakers.

The field day is sponsored by the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. It will be at the Burns facility, 67826-A Hwy. 205.

During the afternoon session, beginning at 1:30 p.m., OSU researchers from both the Burns and Union research centers will present their work, as will Jim Males from the OSU Department of Animal Sciences. Topics will encompass the two major cattle-raising environments in Oregon – high desert and forest.

The program includes lunch and ends with a social at the Burns Elks Lodge, featuring a prime-rib dinner and cowboy poetry by Marty Campbell. Full registration including lunch and dinner is $30; excluding dinner it is $15. Dinner only is $20.

On site-registration begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by an introduction at 8:40 a.m. For more information visit OSU’s Beef Cattle Sciences website, or contact David Bohnert at 541-573-8910 or Reinaldo Cooke at 541-573-4083. Those planning to attend should call by May 17.

Author: Rachel Robertson
Source: David Bohnert, Reinaldo Cooke