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Cow/Calf Days set for Feb. 15 in Glenwood

ST. PAUL -- The 2011 Minnesota Beef Cow/Calf Days will include a meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Minnewaska House in Glenwood.

Amy Radunz from the University of Wisconsin will discuss how beef producers may be able to use the concept of developmental programming to improve the growth and quality of calves they produce. It may be possible to "program" how calves will grow as well as "program" the quality of the meat they produce by how their mothers are fed during gestation.

Paul Peterson will discuss ways to enhance soil fertility to improve forage quality and yield.

Bethany Funnell, a veterinarian at the North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids, will discuss vaccination and herd health programs to optimize calf health and performance.

Lastly, Allen Bridges, a specialist in cow/calf management, will present strategies to maximize reproductive efficiency of first-calf heifers through proper nutritional and reproductive management.

Registration for the meeting, which includes a meal, is $30 per couple with $10 for each additional person in the family/farm. Fee includes meal and CD or paper copy of proceedings. Please register for the meeting at least one week in advance.

If you have any further questions, contact Allen Bridges (gbridges@umn.

edu; 218-327-4615) or Grant Crawford (; 320-234-0441) or check out the University of Minnesota Beef Team website at www.