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Organizers Unveil Lineup for the XXVII Range Beef Cow Symposium

Cattle ranchers and industry professionals are invited to hear the latest cutting-edge information and updates for their businesses at the upcoming Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) Nov. 16-17 at The Monument (formerly the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center) in Rapid City, South Dakota.

“The Range Beef Cow Symposium has been popular through the years with cattle producers and agriculture professionals who support the beef cattle industry because of two major parts: presentations and speakers that are top-notch, and a trade show with commercial displays from many segments of the industry,” says Ken Olson, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Beef Specialist.

This year’s program will provide science-based information from the following nationally and internationally known speakers:

In addition, numerous other speakers will present up-to-date information on topics related to cow-calf production and marketing.

The RBCS is organized by the Extension services and animal science departments of SDSU, Colorado State University, the University of Wyoming and the University of Nebraska. The biennial symposium has been recognized nationally for its hands-on education and practical production management information since the first symposium was held in Chadron, Nebraska in 1969. It has been said that ranchers come to the RBCS for their “in-service training.”

One of the most popular aspects of the RBCS are the "Bull Pen Sessions," where the invited speakers are available for informal question-and-answer sessions each afternoon of the symposium. Many consider the Bull Pen Sessions to be the most-valuable part of the symposium. This is a time for attendees to have considerable discussion with the speakers and an opportunity to ask specific questions.

In addition to the speakers and Bull Pen Sessions, commercial trade show displays representing many segments of the industry are an integral part of the symposium. Exhibitors will be present to discuss their products and services.

A complete listing of the program, registration and hotel information can be found on the SDSU Extension Events page . Registration prior to Nov. 1 is available for $95 for the first person from an operation and $70 for each additional person. Student registration is $65 per student. Single-day registration passes are available for $55. Late registration prices increase after Nov. 1 and will be available at the door.

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