Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Hosted February in Kentucky

Nov. 30, 2016



For more information contact:

Chelsey Smith, assistant director of events and education, at 816-383-5100 or


ONLINE: Download registration materials.

Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Hosted February in Kentucky

Register by Jan. 16, 2017, to secure a place at the educational event.


Cattle producers are invited to gather for a Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Feb. 17-18, 2017, at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington, Ky. The event is hosted by the American Angus Association in partnership with the University of Kentucky, and provides purebred and commercial producers timely information presented by academic and industry professionals.

Registration is now available online and will be open until Jan. 16, 2017.

Cattlemen’s Boot Camp events are engaging educational opportunities for both seedstock and commercial producers alike, says Chelsey Smith, Association assistant director of events and education. The day-and-a-half event is packed with industry speakers and reports on research with significant impacts on the beef business.

Open to all cattle producers, the event is funded by the Angus Foundation and features educational speakers and hands-on activities to help improve herd operations. The workshop is packed with pertinent information including bull selection, reproductive technologies, genetic markets, forage management and much more.

Registration is $75 per person, and includes meals and educational materials. Registration forms are due Jan. 16, 2017, and can be submitted electronically or mailed to Smith at the American Angus Association, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO 64506. Late and walk-in registrations are not accepted.

Hotel rooms are available at the Four Points by Sheraton Lexington located at 1928 Stanton Way, Lexington, Ky., for $94 plus tax until 5 p.m. EDT Jan. 17, 2017. Participants will need to contact the hotel at 859-259-1311 and reference the “American Angus Cattlemen’s Boot Camp” to receive the rate. A complete schedule follows.



2017 Cattlemen’s Boot Camp

Feb. 17-18 | Lexington, Ky.


Friday, Feb. 17

7 AM –  Registration

8 AM – Greetings & Introductions                  

            -Alex Tolbert, American Angus Assoc.

            -Benjamin Crites, UK

8:30 AM – It All Ends Here — Chef Josh “Volare”

9 AM – New beef cuts from the ribeye —Gregg Rentfrow

10 AM – Break

10:15 AM – Beef Market Update —Kenny Burdine

10:30 AM – Consumer Demand in a Changing Marketplace —Mark McCully

11 AM – Marketing? What’s that mean? — Alex Tolbert

11:30 AM – Recap of the Morning —Mark McCully

Noon – Lunch

12:30 PM – Depart for Woodford Farm

1 PM – Breakout Sessions at Woodford Farm

     Live Selection with performance data —Dan Moser/ Alex Tolbert

     Visual ID/ Cattle Handling/ DNA Samples — Ben Crites

     Pasture Management/ Winter Feeding practices —Steve Higgins

3 PM – Depart for Fayette County Extension Office

4 PM – Cattle Selection in the Genomics Era — Dan Moser and Darrh Bullock

6 PM – Dinner

6:30 PM – Panel Discussion:

     Selection, Breeding and Genetics — Les Anderson, Daniel Smith, Charlie Boyd and Joe Myers

     Marketing: A Proactive Approach — Jim Akers, Aaron Burke, Charlie Boyd and Joe Myers


Saturday, Feb. 18

7 AM – Registration

8 AM – Maximizing Forage Production for Beef Cattle –  Ray Smith

8:30 AM – Feeding Cows for Rebreeding – Jeff Lehmkuhler

9 AM – Getting cows bred —Les Anderson

9:30 AM – Keeping them healthy to maximize growth –Michelle Arnold

10 AM – Break

10:30 AM – Planning for success: a business and sound financial approach –Rob Lawson with Thrivent Financial

11 AM – Recap and Final Thoughts

11:30 AM – Depart for Home


ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association® is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving nearly 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. It’s home to an extensive breed registry that grows by nearly 300,000 animals each year. The Association also provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

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