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Nov 16

Range Beef Cow Symposium

Tuesday, November 16 - Wednesday, November 17

The XXVII Range Beef Cow Symposium will return to South Dakota Nov. 16 and 17 at the The Monument in Rapid City. Known for its wide-ranging topics, demonstrations and practical applications, the symposium has been held biennially among the four cooperating states — Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming — since 1969.

"The Range Beef Cow Symposium is an excellent opportunity to connect with nationally renowned beef experts on an assortment of cattle production topics," says Julie Walker, Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Beef Specialist and a member of the planning committee for this year's event.

Symposium Location: The Monument, 444 Mt. Rushmore Road N., Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

Accommodations: Blocks of rooms have been reserved at The Rushmore Hotel and Suites and Howard Johnson for Nov. 15, 16 and 17. Ask for the Range Beef Cow Symposium rate when booking. Lodging reservation must be made by Oct. 15 to guarantee availability and symposium rates. All rates are per night and tax will be added to all rooms.

  • The Rushmore Hotel and Suites, 445 Mt. Rushmore Road, Rapid City, SD 57701, (605) 716-7236, rooms starting at $69 per night
  • Howard Johnson, 950 North Street, Rapid City, SD 57701, (605) 737-4656, rooms starting at $79 per night
  • Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza, 505 N. 5th St., Rapid City, SD 57701, (605) 348-4000, no room block but call for availability and pricing due to hotel remodeling project in November

Exhibitors: Rushmore Hall will be open Nov. 15 for setup. We ask for displays to be set up by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Eight-foot skirted tables will be provided by the The Monument. Electricity will be available; however, you need to request it during registration. There will be an area adjacent to the complex for equipment that is more appropriately displayed outdoors.

For more information, participants contact Ken Olson, Professor and SDSU Extension Beef Specialist; vendors contact Julie Walker, Professor and SDSU Extension Beef Specialist.


Participant Vendor


Tuesday, Nov. 16

  • 7 a.m. MT Registration open
  • 8 a.m. Welcome
  • 8:15 a.m. Cattle supply chain disruption, Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University
  • 8:45 a.m. Trends in red meat consumption and retail demand, Cody Gifford, University of Wyoming
  • 9:15 a.m. Direct marketing beef: Management considerations for enhancing carcass quality and cutability, Amanda Blair and Christina Bakker, South Dakota State University
  • 9:45 a.m. Blockchain in the beef industry, Profit for steak, Steve Lupien, University of Wyoming
  • 10:15 a.m. Break
  • 11:00 a.m. What should you be asking your seedstock producer about your bull?, David Schuler, Schuler Red Angus
  • 11:30 a.m. Managing yearling to add value to cow calf operations, Karla Wilke, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Breakout sessions – Select two:
    • Use of GPS technology to better understand livestock behavior, Jamie Brennan, South Dakota State University and Mitch Stephenson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • A systems approach to ranching: Feeding cows during feed shortages, Ryan Rhoades, Colorado State University and Hector Menendez, South Dakota State University
    • Rangeland soil health: Interactions with vegetative recovery, Jay Norton, University of Wyoming
  • 3 p.m. Break
  • 3:30 p.m. Bull pen session

Wednesday, Nov. 17

  • 7 a.m. MT Registration open
  • 8 a.m. Cattle and beef market outlook, Patrick Linnell, CattleFax
  • 9 a.m. State ballot initiatives issues – panel featuring Senator Gary Cammack, South Dakota; Senator Ogden Driskill, Wyoming; Terry Fankhouser, Colorado; and Ashley Kohls, Nebraska
  • 10 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 a.m. Developing replacement heifers: Can we program fertility?, Shelby Rosasco, University of Wyoming
  • 11 a.m. Identifying our blind spots in calf health – A Vet’s perspective, Halden Clark, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 11:30 a.m. Emerging disease: Congestive heart failure in fed cattle, Brian Vander Ley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1 p.m. Bull pen session
  • 3 p.m. Transfer of Fairgrounds
  • 3:30 p.m. Demonstrations:
    • Virtual fencing, moderated by Krista Ehlert, South Dakota State University
    • Livestock technology equipment, moderated by Jamie Brennan, South Dakota State University
    • HerdDogg “Ear tag” animal traceability technology