Beef markets and premiums, low stress and food morality: This isn't the makings of a tough riddle. It's a sampling of the featured topics at the fifth annual Feeding Quality Forums set for Nov. 9 in Grand Island, Neb., and Nov. 11 in Amarillo, Texas.
"We really try to deliver presentations applicable to the day-to-day concerns of feeders and then some bigger-picture discussions to help address industry-wide challenges," says Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef LLC assistant vice president.
Registration by Oct. 25 is $50 and includes a Certified Angus Beef brand steak lunch. Late registrations will be accepted as space permits for $75.The schedule includes Dan Basse, AgResource Company; Tom Brink, J & F Oklahoma Holdings; Tim Schiefelbein, American Foods Group and Schiefelbein Farms; and Tom Noffsinger, DVM.
They will cover everything from hedging and getting paid for quality cattle to the impact caregivers have on quality and performance.
Paul Engler, Cactus Feeders, will receive the inaugural Feeding Quality Forum Industry Achievement Award. He'll make comments at the Amarillo location at lunch.
Kevin Murphy, owner of Food-Chain Communications LLC, will close out the program with his 3:15 p.m. talk, "The Food Morality Movement."
Murphy, who worked for 14 years in publishing in all segments of the food business, hopes attendees will be "awakened to the threat" and be more prepared to defend their livelihood.
"You need to be able to explain what you do and why you do it," he says.
The meetings are sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, Land O' Lakes Purina Mills, Feedlot magazine and CAB.