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April 12, 2004   Email to Friend 

AU TO HOST FIELD DAY FOR GRASS-FED BEEF RESEARCH
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
April 12, 2004

Auburn University is hosting a field day for cattle producers interested in grass-fed beef, May 14 at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter.

Alabama Farmers Federation Beef Director Perry Mobley said this is an excellent opportunity for farmers to learn more about grass-fed beef and ongoing research efforts at Auburn University.

"The interest in grass-fed beef has been growing in recent years. This field day will give producers a chance to talk directly to researchers who are conducting forage research as well as compare carcass data from grass-fed and grain-fed cattle," Mobley said.

The field day will begin with a tour of the E.V. Smith Research Center Beef Unit in Shorter and an evaluation of current grass-fed beef research being conducted there.Lunch and the afternoon session will be at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn, where participants will evaluate carcasses from grass-fed and grain-fed beef.

Speakers will discuss topics including forages for finishing beef; managing beef nutrition; selecting beef genetics; economics of production; meat quality and nutritive value; and meat marketing. Tours of Auburn's newly constructed Meats Lab and Beef Teaching Unit and the Alfa Ag Services Building will be available following the afternoon program.

Registration, which includes lunch, is $15 per person for those who register before May 7. Registration received after May 7 will be $25. For more information and maps to the field day locations, go to www.ag.auburn.edu/~ckerth. Check-in will be from 8-8:30 a.m. at the E.V. Smith Beef Unit office. The program will start promptly at 8:30 a.m.


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