BEEF magazine's Web site has an exciting new look. We've retooled www.beef-mag.com to make it more comprehensive, user-friendly and valuable to readers.

The redesign offers one-stop buttons to information-rich, category sections such as genetics, markets, health, nutrition and pasture/range, to name a few. Other new features include easy-to-find links to updated resources on feed composition values, the latest in fencing products and suppliers, animal ID suppliers, estate planning and biosecurity.

In addition, current weather has been added to the site, as well as a host of other handy links to BEEF magazine's monthly content, its four newsletters and four Web sites. Over the coming months, we'll be adding commodity reports, audio downloads and the opportunity for readers to post online comments and discussion on our editorial coverage.

The whole idea is to make www.beef-mag.com fresher, more attractive, more useful and easier to navigate for our readership. Watch for further announcements.

BQS is Nov. 7-8 in Omaha

BEEF magazine's 2007 BEEF Quality Summit (www.beefconference.com) is shaping up to be a great one. The meeting, Nov. 7-8 in Omaha, NE, carries the theme “Beef Quality In The Ethanol Era.” The program is designed to provide attendees with the background, knowledge and tools to garner more value from their cattle in this new ethanol-driven paradigm.

The meeting's foundation will be laid by a Nov. 7 opening keynote panel discussion on “Are we filling the demand for quality beef today?” Featured on the panel are Jim Cannon, vice president of culinary and purchasing for Ruth's Chris Steakhouse; Angelo Fili, executive vice president of the Greater Omaha Packing Co.; and Jeff Savell, renowned Texas A&M University meat scientist.

That afternoon, presentations and a panel discussion will follow on “The ethanol effect on beef quality,” featuring top national researchers, specialists and feeders. And that evening, meeting participants will have the opportunity to hear from and meet with winners of BEEF magazine's 2007 Trailblazer Award and National Stocker Award.

The following day, a panel of top livestock economists and producers will discuss the morning's theme: “The ethanol effect on the beef industry.” And that afternoon, the topic of discussion is: “The ethanol effect on your operation — how will you survive and thrive?”

Throughout the meeting, there will be ample opportunity for attendees to network with experts and other producers to learn how to increase the value of their cattle. A new feature of this year's BEEF Quality Summit is a one-on-one opportunity for attendees to meet with representatives of various value-based marketing alliances in attendance.

The registration fee includes the two-day conference, one breakfast, two lunches, an evening reception and a dinner. At just $125 for early registration (which ends Oct. 1, after which registration is $150), it's a heck of a value, and a good investment in your operation's future.

After last year's meeting, several participants remarked to me that the quality of the meeting was equal, or better, in value to any other industry meeting available. This year's should also be top-notch. Visit www.beefconference.com or call 1-800-722-5334, ext. 14606 for more information.

Hope to see you in Omaha.