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Breed Leaders to Speak at World Beef Expo
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/08/2008

Three national experts are slated to discuss what role beef breed associations will have on the future of the industry during the World Beef Expo Educational Seminar later this fall at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis. All seedstock and commercial cattle producers interested in enhancing their cattle operation are encouraged to attend the event to learn more about the vision, technology and programs being developed by breed associations for the future.

Panel members include: Craig Huffhines, Executive Vice President of the American Hereford Association; Bryce Schumann, Chief Executive Officer of the American Angus Association; and Kelly Schmidt, Field Service Representative for the American Simmental Association.

Panel topics will include sexed semen, DNA markers, EPD's and profit indexes. The success of branded beef marketing programs, source verification and breed-specific feeder calf marketing will also be discussed.

"With more and more information available for genetic markers such as feed efficiency and carcass traits, it is important for cattle producers to understand the tools available to them and where that information can take the beef industry in the future," says Jeff Swenson, Livestock Sector Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, who serves as the Education Committee Chairman for World Beef Expo.

The free panel discussion will take place at 3 p.m. on September 26. The educational seminar is sponsored by the Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association, Wisconsin Cattlewomen's Association; Bobcat Plus and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.

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