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The 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show is underway, and the BEEF crew is there in full force. Stay up to date from the ranch on all the happenings by following our tweets, Facebook posts and the BEEF Daily blog. Win some prizes online and in person, too!

Good morning from beautiful Nashville, TN! I’m joining you today from the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. This annual event brings together cattlemen and women from across the country and features meetings and events with the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and American National CattleWomen (ANCW). Today kicks off with Pfizer’s Cattlemen’s College, and our editorial team is going to do our best to provide timely coverage of the day’s speakers for those of you at home on the ranch.

We are excited to network with industry professionals and allied partners and visit with fellow beef producers at this great convention. While we are here, we are going to be giving away plenty of prizes at the trade show. If you’re home on the ranch, don’t worry, you can get in on the fun, too.

You can win a copy of my children’s book, “Levi’s Lost Calf” at the trade show and online! To enter, simply leave me a message in the comments section below on this featured Cattlemen’s College topic: “Finding Profitability in Volatile Times.”

“The beef industry faces unprecedented volatility and is increasingly influenced by external factors, yet the opportunities for cow-calf and stocker profitability are promising. However, prospering this business environment calls for disciplined, objective and innovative strategies.”

What is a key factor in your operation that influences your bottom line in times of volatility? Enter today; winners will be announced tomorrow! Good luck!

Stay tuned for further discussion on market volatility, as well as additional coverage on the other Cattlemen’s College seminars including: futuristic tools to drive beef demand, strategies to improve beef safety and feed efficiency, managing resources, partnerships and agency relationships and reproductive technology applications.

Discuss this Blog Entry 5

on Feb 1, 2012

Feed costs will continue to be a major factor.

on Feb 1, 2012

Amanda, In light of the recently released cow inventory, I am greatly concerned that about the infrastructure of the beef industry being at risk. There is a great need to get younger cattlemen and cattlewomen engaged in the beef industry, especially at the ranch and farm level.

FIGDADDY'SDADDY (not verified)
on Feb 1, 2012

The ability to produce quality forage and courage to own 'em is enough right now. Off topic I have a daughter who is an early childhood education major and will soon have a copy of your book. She like you, was a recent National FFA public speaking winner.

RG Vieira (not verified)
on Feb 1, 2012

I think we're doing fine right now, but our suppliers will certainly want a piece of our success. I'm already hearing talk of huge (percentage) increases in lease rates for dry, native pasture and irrigated pasture as well. Time to lock-in long-term agreements with options at the end of the terms...

Terry Church (not verified)
on Feb 2, 2012

Things are tough all over. The economy, drought, high feed, fuel and fertilizer prices, goverment regulations, all have an effect on farmers and ranchers bottom line. The one thing cattle producers have in our area are the prices they getting for their cattle at the market. With cattle numbers down and the demand for beef at the level it's at, prices should stay on the high side. Thats the one thing I see as a hugh plus for producers in our area. We had a mild Winter and that means less hay being fed, which is a plus. Another plus, Spring is only about 6 weeks away. As for the folks in the areas where there has been drought and wildfires, it's really been tough. With the disperal of their herds and the loses they had I don't know if they can recoop. I sure wish them the best in the future and that this year be much brighter for them.

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Amanda Radke is a fifth generation rancher from Mitchell, S.D., who has dedicated her career to serving as a voice for the nation’s beef producers. A 2009 graduate of South Dakota State...

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