Second Annual Arizona Beef Day

Jul 22 2010 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

The University of Arizona, the College of Agriculture and the Department of Animal Sciences are excited to invite you to the 2nd annual Beef Day and the 5th annual Producers Update.  Join us at 9:00am on July 22nd in the Campus Agriculture Center Meats Laboratory on Campbell Avenue. There is no charge to attend the educational program which includes lunch.

 

Yogi Berra said “If you come to a fork in the road, take it”.  The same is true during the journey of our beef from the fork in the ranch road to the fork on the consumer’s table.  Sure we are all aware of some of the chuck holes and detours, but few understand the challenges from the rail to the register.  Our featured topic during the 2010 Arizona beef day is the journey from “Fork to Fork”.

Dr. John Marchello, University of Arizona Meats Laboratory, will take us from the harvested carcass through the various entities until the product is shipped to the retail market.  Ms. Barbara Lovelis, a recent graduate of the Department of Animal Sciences, has 25 years experience behind the meat retail counters in the grocery store.  Ms. Lovelis will discuss the changes in the retail counter during the last 25 years and the challenges the retail outlet faces from quality and supply to consumer satisfaction.

Today, education is confronted with the most complex mix of “cross roads” in history.  To “just take it” is not an acceptable road choice.  Everyone is an individual, each needs a customized program to achieve their full potential.  Education can mean many things, but to me, its simplest form is the acquisition of tools and the knowledge of when and how to use them.  I think this covers the basics of digging a post hole or debating a public land policy in Washington D.C.  The challenge is providing the right tools to be successful in completing the task at hand.  What tools do YOU expect a new Animal Sciences graduate to have?  What are the skills needed to accomplish the task(s) of beef cattle production?  We will have a panel discuss what tools they consider critical for successful, economical beef production.  We are in a period of great uncertainty in education.  Is higher education relevant to today’s world or are we being too idealistic and naïve about the task at hand? This is a great opportunity to discuss the skills you want your employees to possess.

In past programs we have talked about a chute side test that can identify potential sires with “more bull power”.  Dr. Roy Ax, U of A Department of Animal Sciences, identified one of these markers years ago, and confirmed its validity in literally ten’s of thousands of matings.  But, so what, will it make me any money?  Ax and Trent Teegerstrom from the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, will be discussing “Dollars and Sense-FAA works.”  They have completed a study evaluating the economic impact of selection for this trait in today’s beef herd.  Interesting results are going to be discussed

After one of the Meat Lab’s great lunches, the Arizona Cattlemen’s Research and Education Foundation will sponsor a discussion of two very timely topics; Land Trusts and Conservation Easements.  What are Conservation Easements, how do they work, are they for me?  These are very important questions for our industry.  Many types of trusts exist, but which might work for you?  This is not a new concept; it has been utilized for many years.  In some situations it has enabled land rich, cash poor producers to diversify their assets and establish other streams of income.  One size certainly doesn’t fit all, but maybe there is a size for some of you.

Location: 
University of Arizona Meat Laboratory Auditorium 4181 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ 85719
Contact name: 
Debbie Reed
Contact email: 
dlreed@email.arizona.edu