Cameron University’s 32nd Annual Beef Cattle Improvement Conference to focus on “Cow Nutrition and Fetal Programming”

Cameron University will present its 32nd Annual Beef Cattle Improvement Conference on Thursday, November 21, featuring keynote speaker Steven E. Myers, Ph.D., Technical Sales Specialist, Purina Animal Nutrition. The conference will start with dinner at 6 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. There is no charge to attend.

Can a calf’s performance be programmed before it’s ever born? That’s the question that Myers will address.

“The nutrition of a mama cow can have an effect on how that calf grows during pregnancy, but it can also make a difference once the calf is born,” he says. “Whether you are a cow-calf producer, stocker or feeder, you’ll want to understand how fetal programming has long term effects on cattle.”

Myers will cite studies that demonstrate that gestational feeding programs have a direct impact on the health and development of unborn calves. His presentation will include information on how consistent fetal nutrition, including forage types, supplementation and an evaluation of stressors and how to address them, can impact subsequent generations of cattle in terms of conception rates, calving difficulty, weaning weights, marbling and more.

“The performance of a calf is influenced not only by its nutrition before and after birth, but also by the prior fetal nutrition of both its dam and grand dam,” Myers says. “The gestational nutrition of your herd this year imprints the lifetime genetic potential and performance of subsequent generations.”

Myers has been involved in animal nutrition for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Purina Animal Nutrition in 2009, he served as Beef Consulting Nutritionist for Land O’Lakes Purina Feed in the Mountain States and Pacific Northwest regions. He has also served as Manager, Technical Services, Beef Cattle Business Group, Purina Mills. His background also includes a stint as an assistant professor at Colorado State University. Myers holds a Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The 32nd Annual Beef Cattle Improvement Conference is presented by the Cameron Department of Agriculture, Biology and Health Sciences.

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November 11, 2019