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Cattle industry convention here Friday and Saturday

March 01, 2006

The Maryland Cattle Industry Convention will be Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 in Hagerstown.

The gathering is to be at the Four Points Sheraton, 1910 Dual Highway. The deadline to register was last week.

Featured will be the third annual Livestock Skillathon for youths. The contest will focus on such topics as animal selection/identification, feed and equipment identification and uses, meat identification, and meats and hay judging.

The conference opens at noon Friday with registration, a silent auction and, from 1 to 10 p.m., a trade show.

Workshops include:

"The Facts About BSE: What every beef producer should know," by Gary Weber, of NCBA-Washington, D.C., 1 to 2:30 p.m.

"Emerging Disease: What every beef producer should know," by Dr. Guy Hohenhaus, Maryland state veterinarian, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., and from 4 to 5 p.m.

"The National Animal ID System: What does it mean for you?" by Marilyn Bassford, NAIS coordinator at the Maryland Department of Agriculture, also from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., and from 4 to 5 p.m.

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A banquet, with entertainment by Sam Glenn, "The Chalk Man," is at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday's schedule includes the skillathon, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., there will be a workshop, "Making the NAIS work on your farm: Practical Animal ID Solutions," by Cary McClary, of Farnum, and David McElhaney, of Allflex-USA.

From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., there will be a workshop, "Making Gender Selection a Reality: The "Decisive" Solution," by Jon Janssen, of Genex Cooperative.

A luncheon begins at noon.

Next are the annual business meeting, election of directors, and a keynote address, "The Beef Checkoff: Success in the state-national partnership," by Polly Ruhland, executive director federation relations, NCBA.

Later, meetings are to be held by the Maryland Angus Association, the Maryland Hereford Association, the Maryland Limousin Association, and the Maryland Simmental Association.

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