The Wray, CO, First Presbyterian Church is the site for two practical beef production programs being offered free of charge on Feb. 6 and Feb. 8. Both programs include lunch.

The Feb. 6 program is a beef production seminar set for 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and session highlights include: current issues in Animal ID, establishment and management of irrigated pastures, dryland forages, utilizing corn co-products in beef ration, metabolizable protein, beef cow mineral nutrition, beef nutrition and ration evaluation, and what's new in beef home study. Register by calling 308-352-2683.

On Feb. 8, from 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Mike Slattery, DVM, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln economist Matt Stockton will present a Beef Cow Nutrition & Economics 101 workshop. Slattery will provide practical advice on ruminant function, various feed supplements, different forms and costs of protein, and the nutritional implications of calving at different times of the year. Stockton will demonstrate an interactive feed cost calculator intended for home use by producers. He'll also discuss the hidden costs of drought feeding and cost-effective decisions. For more info on the Feb. 8 program, call 970-332-3173, ext. 3; or email julie.elliott@co.usda.gov.
-- Joe Roybal