The 2009 XXI Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) is Dec. 1-3 at the Casper Events Center, Casper, WY. Held in alternate years since 1969, the meeting is organized by the animal science departments of Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, South Dakota State University and the University of Wyoming (UW), with the event rotating between the four states. Focused on beef production issues in the western states, the meeting regularly attracts 800 to 1,200 attendees and more than 80 agribusiness booth vendors for the three-day event.

Steve Paisley, UW Extension beef cattle specialist, says more than 30 speakers will address beef production topics such as nutrition, marketing, health, reproduction, consumer demand and current industry issues. One of the most popular aspects of RBCS are the nightly “Bull Pen Sessions,” where the invited speakers are brought back as panelists and are available for informal question-and-answer sessions.

The symposium begins at 9 a.m. on Dec. 1, and concludes Dec. 3 at noon. Additional info, such as agenda, registration and lodging, is forthcoming. For more info, contact Paisley at 307-837-2000 or