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Casper Hosts 2009 Range Beef Cow Symposium Dec. 1-3

October 15, 2009

More than 30 speakers will discuss beef production topics during the XXI Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) Dec. 1-3 in Casper.

"The RBCS is a great opportunity to listen to nationally recognized speakers on a wide variety of topics," says Steve Paisley, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service beef cattle specialist, who is one of the event organizers.

The RBCS is in the Casper Events Center and has nine sessions over the three days.

They are:

Tuesday, Dec. 1 - Session 1, industry issues; Session 2, developing and managing beef females; Session 3, selecting the "right" genetics with the future in mind.

Wednesday - Session 4, outlook for beef demand; Session 5, enhancing selection decisions; Session 6, range management monitoring; Session 7, adding value to the calf crop.

Thursday - Session 8, management and nutrition; Session 9, economic outlook.
Information about the symposium is at and

Started in 1969 at Chadron, Neb., and held every other year, the RBCS is organized by the animal science departments of Colorado State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, South Dakota State University and UW. The event rotates among Colorado, western Nebraska, western South Dakota and Wyoming.

"The symposium has continued to grow in popularity and is now recognized as one of the premier production beef cattle symposiums in the country," says Paisley, an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science in UW's College of Agriculture.

Focusing on beef production issues in the Western states, the RBCS regularly attracts 800 to 1,200 attendees and more than 80 agribusiness booth vendors.

Paisley says one of the most popular aspects of the RBCS is the nightly "Bull Pen Sessions," where invited speakers are brought back as panelists and are available for informal question-and-answer sessions.

For more information, call Paisley at (307) 837-2000 at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle or e-mail


Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009

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