REXBURG — Burke Teichert, a regular contributor to Beef magazine who has 37 years of ranch-management experience, will be the keynote speaker at this winter’s Idaho Range Livestock Symposium in Marsing, Twin Falls, Pocatello and Rexburg Jan. 9-12, sponsored by University of Idaho Extension and other ag-related agencies.

Teichert will speak about “Managing Ranch Resources to their Fullest,” in each of the daylong information and education sessions. He also will talk about matching the size of your cow herd and calving season to fit the best available resources.

“No matter where you’re at with cattle management and resources, it seems we always can learn how to improve management and the bottom line,” says Scott Jensen, University of Idaho Extension Educator for Owyhee County.

The symposium will be held in four locations on four consecutive days in southern Idaho. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in each location:

• Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Marsing at the American Legion Hall in Marsing.

• Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Twin Falls at the CSI Herrett Center.

• Thursday, Jan. 11 in Pocatello at the Red Lion Hotel.

• Friday, Jan. 12 in Rexburg at the BYU-Idaho Ag Science Center

The symposium and lunch are offered free of charge to ranchers and interested members of the public by the event partners — the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, Idaho Department of Lands, NRCS Idaho, BLM Idaho, Idaho Cattle Association, Idaho Department of Agriculture and allied industry sponsors.

Other guest speakers include: Dr. Karen Launchbaugh, director of the University of Idaho Rangeland Center, who will speak about highlights from a sage grouse and grazing study that looks at the effects of spring grazing on sage grouse nesting success; Rex Hoagland, of CS Beef Packers, who will talk about options for shipping cull cattle to the new Kuna processing plant; and Roger Blew, who will help ranchers write more effective public comments to influence environmental studies and decisions being made by public lands management agencies.

Dr. Launchbaugh’s collaborative study on spring livestock grazing and its affects on sage grouse has been going on since 2012. Research is being collected in nine sites in southern Idaho through 2022. “The effects of spring livestock grazing on sage-grouse are often debated,” Launchbaugh says. “Some people view livestock as a significant threat to sage-grouse. Others argue that spring livestock grazing may have a large-scale positive impact on sage-grouse because spring grazing may reduce fuel loads and result in fewer and smaller wildfires. No empirical data are available to assess either claim.”

Ranchers should come to the symposium to learn more about preliminary results of her study because the findings could have an impact on public grazing decisions, including terms and conditions, Jensen says.

The new CS Beef Packers Processing Plant in Kuna may provide improved economic options for ranchers who need to sell cull mother cows or bulls for their meat value, Jensen said. The meat-packing plant specializes in meat cuts from cattle that often are seen as being low-value, but may have better value than ranchers might think. Having a processing plant closer to Idaho ranch locations may improve the sales prices for cull cattle.

“Non-fed cows are their bread and butter,” Jensen said.

Other speakers include Jesse Fulton, who will explain the high points of the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit. The audits typically highlight defects in cattle carcasses that can have an impact on the bottom line and progress being made to address those defects.

For more information on the livestock symposium program, please contact Scott Jensen at 208-896-4104.