Beef Management Seminar to Discuss Factors Affecting Meat Quality

The 2017 Beef Cow/Calf Improvement Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 21 at the Orange County Community Center (1075 N Sandy Hood Rd, Paoli, IN 47454) beginning at 9:30 AM and ending at 3:30 PM. The theme for this year's seminar will focus on "Factors Affecting Meat Quality." This seminar will explore the nutrition, genetic and environmental influences on meat quality.

"There is little doubt that the price difference between industry preferred feeder cattle and those deemed substandard will become increasingly greater as years go by. So, now is the time for producers to plan management, health, and genetics programs that will make calves attractive to buyers who are willing to pay premiums for cattle that meet their specifications. In the future, buyers will demand more and more information to aid them in predicting the performance and carcass characteristics of feeder cattle. Therefore, using superior genetics that can be documented will likely become necessary to optimize premiums and avoid discounts in the future." - Dr. Gordon Jones, Retired WKU Animal Science.

The day's speakers have a wide range of expertise and will share the reasons management practices may affect the quality of beef produced. Purdue University's Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences, Dr. Stacy Zuelly, will begin the morning with "A Meat Quality Overview". Dr. Gregg Rentfrow, Meat Science Specialist with University of Kentucky, will continue the morning session with the topic of "Consumer Trends in Beef Quality".

"Genetic Selection as Related to Meat Quality" is the subject that Dr. Gordon Jones, retired Professor of Animal Science from Western Kentucky University, will be discussing before the program will break for lunch. After our catered meal, Wes Hornback, Cattle Technical Specialist with Purina Mills, LLC, will present on "Fetal Programming's Effect on Meat Quality". Following Wes, Dr. Zuelly will speak again on "Nutrition and Behavior Effects on Meat Quality". The final topic for the day will focus on "Major Changes and Trends in Beef Quality: Why It's Important" with Dr. Rentfrow presenting again.

Early registration on or before January 13 will cost $20. Students with paying advisors or parents will be $15 before or on January 13. All registrations received after January 13 will be $30. For a registration form or for additional information, please contact the Purdue Extension – Washington County at 812-883-4601 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

It is the policy of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service that all persons have equal opportunity and access to its educational programs, services, activities, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran. Purdue University is an Affirmative Action institution.



All sheep producers in the area are invited to the Washington County Sheep Association's Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 28. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room on the lower level of the Washington County Government Building located at 806 Martinsburg Road, Salem.

The meeting will begin with a meal sponsored by the Washington County Sheep Association. A short program will be follow. Details about the association's upcoming events will be presented and association business will also be conducted. Door prizes will also be given. Association annual dues of $10 may also be paid.

All sheep producers (whether you raise a couple of sheep or have a large flock) are encouraged to attend. Reservations should be made by calling 883-4601 by Monday, January 25, if possible.

Anyone unable to attend who would like more information about the Washington County Sheep Association should contact one of the Association's officers/directors: President, Bronie Brown; Vice President – Dixie Carter, Secretary/Treasurer, Brenda Hash; Directors, Jim Brown, Dave Embree, Rachel Lengel and Bill Miller, or the Washington County Extension Office at 883-4601.

Wash. Co. Sheep Association


Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District

Fifth Annual Southern Region Soil Health Workshop Planned for January 26

SALEM, IN –The Southern Region Soil Health Workshop on January 26, 2016 in Salem, IN will take a well-rounded look at the topic of soil health. The workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and includes a variety of expert presentations.

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Mill Creek-Blue River Watershed Project

Press Release

December 23, 2015

For release in first publication of 2016

Funds Available for Conservation Practices in Washington County
Submitted by: Whitney Sauerheber, Mill Creek-Blue River Watershed Coordinator

The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was awarded two Clean Water Indiana (CWI) grants for 2016-2018 to implement conservation practices in Washington County.

Cost-share practices include cover crops, livestock watering facility, heavy use area protection, access roads and pasture renovation/interseeding. Cover crop implementation is funded at $20/acre up to 25 acres per participant. Livestock practice installation is funded up to $1,000 per practice for a participant. Priority will go to new participants in CWI program and is based upon a ranking sheet addressing water quality resource concerns.

Limited funds available, so please inquire as soon as possible.
Call Whitney Sauerheber, MCBR Watershed Coordinator, at 883-3006 ext. 3 or stop by our office at 801 Anson Street, Salem to pick up an application.

"USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

"This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement C9975482-10 to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use."

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