Cattle grazing on a pasture in Missouri Valley. (File photo)

(Casper, Wyo.) – An upcoming symposium for ranchers will address topics important to the market demand, management and development of replacement and bred heifers.

The second annual Heifer Marketing and Development Symposium will take place at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9 in Rawlins, Wyo., at the University of Wyoming Extension Office, and at 9 a.m. on Sept. 10 in Buffalo, Wyo., at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

The symposium will feature industry and academic speakers on topics including:

  • replacement and bred heifer demand outlook
  • Expected Progeny Differences (EPD) – what are they and how to use them
  • the value of DNA technology in replacement heifer decisions
  • producer perspective on the Wyoming Premium Heifer program
  • heifer development
  • herd health via vaccination programs
  • principles of synchronization protocols and ultrasound use for heifer selection
  • review of Wyoming Premium Heifer Program

“This is the second year of the symposium, which will cover topics that can give producers insight into new technologies and management practices that are available to them,” said John Henn, livestock and meat marketing program manager at the Wyoming Business Council. “This program will be very informative whether ranchers are marketing heifers or retaining them.”

Registration for the symposium is from 8-9 a.m. and is $10 at the door.  Checks may be made payable to the Wyoming Business Council.

The Wyoming Premium Heifer Program is a joint venture between the University of Wyoming’s Animal Science Department and the Wyoming Business Council’s Agribusiness Division. It is designed to develop and market bred and replacement heifer calves that are certified under a standard set of guidelines and that would ideally demand a higher price per head at market.

The first year of the symposium was staged at the Fremont County Fairgrounds in Riverton.

The Heifer Marketing and Development Symposium is sponsored by the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming.  For more information, contact Dr. Scott Lake, University of Wyoming, at 307.766.3892 orscotlake@uwyo.edu; or John Henn at 307.777.2847 or john.henn@wyo.gov.

–Provided by the Wyoming Business Council