A great opportunity for 4-H beef members and beef producers alike is forthcoming in neighboring Parke County on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Parke County Fairgrounds.
This is the joint meeting of the Area 5 Purdue Extension and Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA). The IBCA region representative Stacy Baird of Putnam County was elected at last year's meeting hosted by Purdue Extension-Putnam County.
There will be no business meeting this year as director positions are elected for two-year terms. A delicious meal catered from the Beef House will be provided and there is no charge for the program. Please RSVP for the program by calling Purdue Extension-Parke County at 569-3176.
Beef industry updates and news will be provided to participants. There will also be a review and update about the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA).
With the current high cost of corn and soybean, for energy and protein sources, producers are certainly seeking alternatives and options to minimize feed costs. As such, the overall theme and topic of the educational program is "Cow Herd Feed Cost Considerations" which is pertinent to the current commodity and economic situation presented to producers.
Although the deadline for early cattle registration for the Hoosier Beef Congress has passed, it would be a great opportunity for any 4-H'er interested in the beef project now or in the future to attend the event during Dec. 2-5 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
For more information, the website is www.hoosierbeefcongress.com where one can find the schedule of events for each day. The cost to attend and watch events associated with the Hoosier Beef Congress is free, however the Indiana State Fair imposes a $3 parking fee for each day.
Check the Extension website at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam to view the most up to date info. You can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 653-8411 for more information regarding column topics or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs.
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