Gabriel to speak at Range Beef Symposium

Gabriel to speak at Range Beef Symposium
South Dakota Certified Beef and ongoing E. coli research will be two of the topics at the Range Beef Cow Symposium, Dec. 6-8 in Rapid City.

The symposium takes place at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Producers who attend will hear leading experts and producers from across the country discuss cattle markets, cattle reproduction, animal health, plus many current issues facing cattlemen such as individual animal identification of cattle, animal diseases and effects on trade.

"We are honored and look forward to having South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Larry Gabriel address the group on leading change in the beef industry," South Dakota State University Extension Area Beef Specialist Julie Walker said. "Gabriel has been involved with the development and initialization of the South Dakota Certified Beef Program, which will be the focus of his talk."

The symposium also will update producers about some of the research on food-borne pathogens such as E. coli 0157:H7, a very important food safety issue for the beef cattle industry.

"Terry Klopfenstein, professor and researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is well-versed and has conducted research to control E. coli through management in feedlots," Walker said. "Producers shouldn't miss this chance to learn how land-grant researchers are putting science to work on beef industry issues."

The cost to attend is $70 for registration until Nov. 21, and $100 after that date. Contact your county Extension livestock educator to learn more, or visit the symposium's Web site at Or contact Bobbi Ellis at (605) 394-2236,

The Range Beef Cow Symposium is sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service and Animal Science Departments of South Dakota State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Wyoming.

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