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By Lois Kerr 

Bovine Connection Set For Dec 1-2


This year’s Bovine Connection, scheduled for Thursday and Friday Dec. 1-2 at the MSU EARC and Extension building meeting room, Sidney, promises to provide an interesting program, complete with a variety of pertinent information for cattlemen and agribusiness people. Committee members have worked hard to provide a quality program for those who attend. Richland County Extension Agent Tim Fine points out that people will certainly benefit by attending this year’s event.

“The committee has obtained top notch, nationally known speakers for this event,” Fine remarks. “We will offer a diverse program that includes everything from genetics and nutrition to people management to the generation gap to the discussion of the promotion of free market principles.”

He adds, “We will cover a lot of topics during the two-day event.”

The Bovine Connection event begins with a 9:30 a.m. registration and welcome on Dec. 1 at the new Extension office building meeting room, North Central Avenue. Presentations begin at 10 a.m., with Steve Dittmer, Agribusiness Freedom Foundation, talking on preserving free market principles. At 10:30 a.m., Bill Price will talk on global trade, followed at 11 a.m. by Charlene Rich, Montana Beef Council, discussing the agricultural alliance.

Following a noon lunch, presentations begin with John Paterson, Montana State University, discussing cattle response and behavior in relation to mineral supplements on pasture. A talk on implants will follow, and the day’s educational sessions will end with an extremely important talk by Curt Pate, NCBA, on stress free livestock handling.

The Thursday session of the Bovine Connection will finish up with a banquet held at the Sidney Country Club beginning at 5 p.m. with a social followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Steve Dittmer will give the address following dinner.

The Friday, Dec. 2 session of the Bovine Connection reconvenes at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning at the Extension office meeting room. At 10 a.m., Robin Thorstenson, Bismarck State College program manager and trainer, will discuss the power of persuasion. At 11 a.m., Jim Robb, Livestock Marketing Information Center, will talk about the market update and outlook. Willy Altenberg will finish the morning sessions with an A.I. industry update.

Following a 12:45 p.m. lunch, afternoon sessions lead off with a discussion on DNA testing, followed by the return of Robin Thorstenson to talk about generational issues. Bill Bowman, AGI president, will wrap it all up and tie together the information presented at the two-day session.

“We have an excellent program lined up,” Fine concludes. “I invite all cattle people, cattle industry people, and those interested in the cattle business to attend this two-day event.”


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