Schedule of EventsGates open at 8 AM at 702 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC.
Breakfast Sponsored By:
Breakfast 8:30-9:30 AM:
Tent A Sponsored By:
Tent B Sponsored By:
Session 1 at 9 AM:
Tent A - Dr. Harrison Dudley, Associate Veterinarian, Livestock Veterinarian Services
“Herd BioSecurity: A State of Mind”
A discussion of herd and flock preventative health and overall disease vigilance.
Audience: Cattle or Sheep
Tent B - Dr. Dan Poole, Professor of Animal Science, NC State University
“Finding Factor Affecting Fertility to Optimize your Reproductive Success”
Infertility and/or fertility related deficiencies in livestock species are a major source of economic loss for producers. Dr. Poole’s current research explores how environmental and management practices such as endophyte-infected fescue and heat stress impact growth and reproductive performance in beef cattle. He plans to share this research with conference attendees this summer.
Session 2 at 10 AM:
Tent A - Dr. Andrew Weaver, Extension Specialist & Associate Professor, NC State University
"The Little Ruminant That Could. Opportunities for sheep today and the tools to take us to the future."
This presentation will examine the potential for sheep in today's livestock systems including the environmental and economic benefits of diversification with sheep. Further, the genetic tools available to the sheep industry will be reviewed as a mechanism for production efficiency improvements.
Tent B - Reese Tuckwiler, Regional Manager, American Angus Association
“Have you Herd”
Overview of the Angus Association and the current events going into today’s cattle industry.
Session 3 at 11 AM:
Tent A - Kyle Mayberry, Director of Agriculture, Biltmore Company
“Biltmore: A livestock legacy more than a century in the making”
A telling of our agriculture history that began with George Vanderbilt’s dream of creating a self-sustaining estate.
Audience: Cattle or Sheep
Tent B - Dr. Paige Pratt, Beef Genomic Specialist, Neogen
“How to Use Igenity and EPDs to Improve Your Profit”
The amount of genetic information available is a bit overwhelming and how to interpret and understand genetic correlations and their impact on your operation is important when selecting a bull that will potentially sire over 100 calves in his lifetime. Learn how to use the Neogen Igenity scores along with EPD’s to select your next herd ensuring he will fit your operations goals and maximize profitability.
Lunch Sponsored By:
Field to Table Lunch at 12:30 PM
Lunch Demo Sponsored By:
“Concepts of Whole-Animal Butchery”
A butchery demonstration and exploration of beef and lamb by Estate Executive Chef Mark DeMarco and Estate Butcher David Jones.