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Illinois Cattle Feeders meeting set for March 7

URBANA, IL – Illinois cattlemen and cattlewomen will have the opportunity to hear from several experts at the 2017 Illinois Cattle Feeders meeting. The meeting will be held March 7 at Sauk Valley Community College just outside of Dixon, Illinois. The seminar will be begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.

“This meeting is a must-attend for Illinois cattle producers. First-hand access to this kind of knowledge in the cattle industry is rare.” says University of Illinois beef extension educator Travis Meteer.

Speakers at the meeting include Ted Funk, U of I professor emeritus, who will discuss safety recommendations when handling manure. Funk will also answer questions regarding building citing and environmental regulations.

Illinois doctor of veterinary medicine Jim Lowe will discuss identifying bovine respiratory disease  and some new technologies that can aid in this process. Lowe will also discuss the Veterinary Feed Directive.

Josh McCann will share some new research from U of I concerning transitioning diets for cattle.

U of I animal scientist Dan Shike will give an update on rubber matting over concrete slats and offer a new data set that compares new mats, old mats, and no mats.

Larry Berger, U of I professor emeritus, will discuss the changes in the cattle feeding sector.

A market update and outlook will be given by Michael Langemeier, professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. Langemeier will give producers insight into current and future market dynamics.

There is no fee to attend, however pre-registration for the meeting is requested to ensure an adequate number of meals. To register, contact Travis Meteer ( or visit to register online.

Complete meeting details are available at