Area beef meetings around Indiana begin this week and some important information will be brought to the state’s cattle producers over the next month. The Indiana Beef Cattle Association teams with Purdue University each year for the meetings and they’ll bring in another organization this year, according to Joe Moore, IBCA Executive Vice President.
“It’s our annual opportunity to reach out to our producers and offer them an evening of food and fellowship and educational opportunities. This year we’ve teamed up with the state chemist’s office and we’re going to give the producers some education on this new nutrient use rule that’s going to affect everybody from one cow to however many, and there needs to be some information brought out to the countryside. So we’re looking forward to that and our first meeting is actually Thursday.”
That first meeting is at Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center in Butlerville located in Jennings County.
Purdue specialists will also present at the ten beef meetings and Moore says they will focus on drought recovery including, “some alternative feedstuffs and how to continue to feed animals without breaking the bank, so to speak.”
Advance registration is appreciated but Moore says they hope to see producers even if they decide to come the day of the meeting.
“Because we’re serving a meal we do ask people to RSVP so we have an idea of how many meals we need to plan for,” he told HAT. “But certainly if somebody finds out they can make it we’re not going to turn anybody away at the door, that’s for sure.”
Meeting dates and locations by area are:
*Area 1: Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center, Butlerville. Register with Ken Salkeld at 812-352-3033 by Dec. 3. Counties in this area are Bartholomew, Brown, Dearborn, Decatur, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland.
*Area 2: Jan. 12, 11 a.m., Southern Hills Church, Salem. Register by Jan. 4 with Brad Shelton at 812-883-4601. Counties: Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Lawrence, Orange, Scott and Washington.
*Area 3: Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m., Red Wagon Restaurant, Poseyville. Register with Purdue Extension Gibson County at 812-385-3491 by Jan. 4. Counties: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick.
*Area 5: Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall, Clay County Fairgrounds, Brazil. Register by Dec. 11 with Jenna Smith at 812-448-9041. Counties: Clay, Greene, Monroe, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo.
*Area 6: Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., Witham Pavilion, Boone County Fairgrounds, Lebanon. Register by Dec. 6 with Ashley Schultz at 317-736-3724. Counties: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby.
*Area 7: Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., Kuhlman Center, Wayne County Fairgrounds, Richmond. Register with Purdue Extension Wayne County at 765-932-9281 by Dec. 5. Counties: Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne.
*Area 8: Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m., Cass County Fairgrounds, Logansport. Register by Dec. 28 with Purdue Extension Cass County at 574-753-7750. Counties: Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash.
*Area 9: Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., McGraw’s Steakhouse, West Lafayette. Register with Jeff Phillips at 765-474-0793 by Dec. 5. Counties: Benton, Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Warren and White.
*Area 10: Dec. 13, 6 p.m. (CDT), Christo’s Banquet Center, Plymouth. Register by Dec. 7 with Kelly Heckaman at 574-372-2340. Counties: Elkhart, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Porter, St. Joseph and Starke.
*Area 11: Jan. 3, 6:30 p.m., Eagles Nest, Columbia City. Register by Dec. 31 with Ed Farris at 260-358-4826. Counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley.
More information is available by contacting the Indiana Beef Cattle Association at 317-293-2333 or https://www.indianabeef.org.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/12/12-13-area-beef-meetings.mp3|titles=12-13 area beef meetings]
Source: Purdue Ag Communications