BROOKINGS, S.D. - Successfully managing cattle in the feedlot will be among the topics covered during the 2018 Northern States Beef Conference scheduled in Watertown for Dec. 12-13, 2018, at the Watertown Event Center.

The event is co-hosted by South Dakota State University Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension.

The Northern States Beef Conference has scheduled several speakers to help cattle feeders take advantage of those opportunities.

Strategies to Mitigate Thermal Stress in Feedlot Cattle is the focus of a pre-conference program held the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

"Thermal stress (heat or cold) can be a significant challenge to feeding cattle in the north," Rusche said.

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During this program, Terry Mader, Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska and industry consultant, will discuss the results of a three-state feedlot survey on heat stress conducted this summer and address strategies to improve cattle comfort and performance in challenging environmental conditions.

There will be a complimentary beef supper served.

It is not necessary to attend the Northern States Beef Conference to attend the pre-conference program, but organizers do request an RSVP to help with meal planning.

The beef conference will include a series of presentations that will focus on improving cattle health and reducing death loss through developing a good health program.

Russ Daly, Professor, SDSU Extension Veterinarian, State Public Health Veterinarian, will visit about the role vaccines play in the health of young beef cattle.

Grant Dewell, Iowa State University Associate Professor in Beef Production and Extension Beef Veterinarian, will address the maternal immunity.

Gerald Stokka, NDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Specialist and Veterinarian, will focus on a stewardship approach to calf health.

Jim Robb, Director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, will provide his perspective and insight on trends in the cattle and beef markets. His presentation offers a "big picture" view of the status of the U.S. beef marketing that impacts beef producers bottom-line.

There will also be a trade show featuring vendors from across the region.

For more information, visit Pre-registration is requested by Nov. 30. For more information, contact or 605-688-5458; Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist at or 605-996-7378 or Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate at or 605-688-5452.