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July 21, 2010

Beef profitability workshop to be held July 26 in Chatham County

"Increasing Beef Profitability: Perspectives on Processing and Marketing Opportunities in Local Markets" will be offered July 26, 7-9 p.m., at Chatham County Cooperative Extension Agricultural Building, 45 South St., Pittsboro. The event sponsors are NC Choices, Weaver Street Market and Chatham County Cooperative Extension.

Please join us for a roundtable discussion with panelists Dr. Scott Barao, Dr. Arion Thiboumery and Dr. Matt Poore, a question-and-answer session and a “meat social” with producers, Cooperative Extension professionals and meat processors.

Topics for discussion will include grass-fed genetics, determining production costs, maintaining high quality carcasses, smart carcass utilization, forage management, value added products, successful case studies around the country and building a relationship with your processor.

The event is free, but please RSVP to Casey McKissick at casey@ncchoices.com by July 23.

About the speakers:

Dr. Matt Poore is as a Extension livestock commodity coordinator, Extension ruminant nutrition specialist and professor at N.C. State University. Poore also serves as the Beef Unit coordinator at the Center for Environmental Systems (CEFS) research farm in Goldsboro.

Dr. Scott Barao is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned his doctorate in beef cattle nutrition and management. He also holds degrees in human nutrition, biochemistry and ruminant microbiology. Barao held a faculty position in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Maryland for 20 years where he served as the state Beef Cattle Extension Specialist. He also served his last 10 years, as Beef Program leader, directing all beef research and outreach programs at the university’s Wye Research and Education Center, the home of the historic Wye Angus herd. Barao retired from his faculty position as a full professor in 2005. Since then, he has served as the executive director of the Jorgensen Family Foundation, an agricultural research and education foundation devoted to developing and demonstrating profitable and sustainable models of beef cattle production for beef cattle producers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Scott also directs the day-to-day operation of Hedgeapple Farm, the foundation's centerpiece.

Dr. Arion Thiboumery co-coordinates the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN, www.nichemeatprocessing.org), a national network of professionals in Cooperative Extension and state departments of agriculture working to support small-scale meat processors. Thiboumery splits his time between Iowa State University Extension, specializing in Sustainable Agriculture and Meat Science, and Lorentz Meats, a Cannon Falls, MN, medium-small-sized meat processing plant specializing in organic and natural meats. Thiboumery earned his doctorate from Iowa State University in sustainable agriculture, rural sociology and meat science. Before going to graduate school, he was a truck farmer in New England.

-C. McKissick

Posted by Natalie at July 21, 2010 10:19 AM