MSU Extension hosts beef producer meeting in Paris

By Jerry Lindquist

MSU Extension Agricultural Educator

PARIS — Local farmers looking for more information about beef production will have an opportunity to learn at a community-wide meeting.

The event for beef feeder calf and seed stock producers will be offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in Paris, by the Michigan State University Extension Beef Team.

The U.S. beef industry has been on a roller coaster ride over the past decade with droughts and the resulting record-high feed prices causing the lowest beef cattle numbers in the country since the 1950s. Those farms that were able to stay in business were then fortunate to experience record high cattle prices in 2014 and many realized strong profits for the first time in recent memory. But beef prices fell in the fall of 2015, which will mean less profit potential for the farms in the future, but will spell some relief to the consumer.

To address methods for beef producers to stabilize their bottom line in this current market, the MSU Beef Team will offer a meeting to address cost of production containment.

According to Jerry Lindquist, MSU Extension grazing educator, "the record profits are gone, but these current prices for beef feeder calves still provide good opportunities for farms to profit and are better prices than what we have seen pre-2014."

Speakers at the meeting will include Lindquist, MSU Extension beef educator Kevin Gould, Dr. Dan Buskirk, an MSU beef specialist, and George Quackenbush of the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association. Topics will include area results of using multi-species cover crop mixes for cattle grazing, soil improvement and profit, understanding beef cow cost of production for Michigan, understanding beef bull economics and value, and new opportunities with the Michigan beef check-off.

The meeting will take place at the Green Charter Township Hall, 21432 Northland Dr., Paris. Reservations are preferred by Friday, Jan. 22. There is a $20 per person registration fee to cover the cost of meeting.

Farms can register online at msue.anr.msu.edu/events/beef_cow_calf_producer_update_1 or by mailing payments to MSU at Ionia MSU Extension, 50 E. Sprague Rd., Ionia, MI 48846.

For more info call Jerry Lindquist at 231-832-6139.