Shepherd's Information Day
Saturday, December 8, 2012

Where: Spokane County WSU Extension Educaion Center, N 222 Havana, Spokane
When: 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Download flier with agenda here

Direct Marketing Meat
Managing Risk from Farrm to Consumer

Series of four monthly workshops for livestock producers who want to direct market meat
November 2012 - February 2013

When: Monthly, November 1, 2012 through February 5, 2013
Where: Various eastern Washington locations (see schedule below)
Objective: This workshop series is designed for livestock producers who want to direct market meat. During the series, participants will be asked to complete a checklist of risks inherent in the direct market meat business and develop strategies to manage the risks that they deem most important. This checklist will serve as a risk management plan as they go forward in their direct market meat businesses.

Workshop Schedule

Workshop 1

Business and Contingency Planning

• Plan Your Meat Business, Allan Peterson, Washington State Small Business Development Center

• What If Things Go Haywire? Allan Peterson

• Marketing Basics, Allan Peterson and Patti Brumbach, Washington Beef Commission

Thursday, November 1, Grand Coulee
Pepper Jack’s Bar and Grille, 113 Midway Ave.
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Coffee and Pastries at 9:30 a.m.

Workshop 3

Understanding and Complying with Regulations

Business Regulations, Ken Krous, Washington Department of Revenue

Sanitary and Health Regulations, Claudia Coles, WSDA and Kim Heinz, Lincoln County Department of Health

Environmental Regulations, David Lundgren, Lin-coln County Conservation District

Animal Care Issues, Ruth Newberry, WSU

Thursday, January 10, Ritzville
Washington Association of Wheat Growers, 109 E. First.
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Coffee and Pastries at 9:30 a.m.

Workshop 2

Understanding Production, Price, and Market Risk

• Strategies for Managing Finishing Risk in Cattle and Sheep, Mark Nelson, WSU

• Strategies for Managing Meat Quality Risk, Jan Busboom, WSU

• Managing Important Risks, Producer Panel
Rich Miller, Ardell Feedlot; Jeff Schmidt; JR Ranch Sunny Farms; Karrie Klingeman, Pure Country Pork; Reed Anderson, Anderson Ranches Oregon Lamb; Joel Huesby, Modular Food Systems; Jeff Saint Aubyn, Northwest Natural Beef

Thursday, December 13, Soap Lake
Don’s Restaurant, Main and Canna St.
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Coffee and Pastries at 9:30 a.m.

Workshop 4

Managing Food Safety Risk and Liability

• Food Safety in Direct Marketed Meat, Karen Killinger, WSU

• Business Structure to Reduce Liability, Corey Brock, Brock Law Firm

Tying It All Together in a Risk Management Check-list that Works for You, Tom Platt, WSU

Tuesday, February 5, Spokane
Spokane County WSU Extension Center, 222 N. Havana.
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Coffee and Pastries at 9:30 a.m.

Registration: Registration is for the entire series. Registration for individual workshops is not available because each workshop builds on prior workshops
Earlybird Registration:
$85 per person if received by October 12, 2012

Regular Registration: $110 per person if recieved by October 29, 2012

Download Brochure and Registration Form here.

For more information, contact Tom Platt, 509-725-4171

This material is based on work supported by USDA/NIFA Award Number 2010-49200-06203

Sheep Producers' Field Day, May 19, 2012

When: Saturday, May 19, 2012. 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Where: Three farms in the Sprague WA area, Rustemeyer's, Clemenson's, and Swannack's. Meet at Rustemeyer's at 9:00 a.m. and caravan to the other farms.
Topics: Facilities, lambing management, new flocks, fencing, controlling costs, management skills: catching, restraining, foot trimming, drenching, injections
Who: Area sheep producers welcome, youth and adults alike. Please RSVP by May 12 to help us plan for lunch, which is provided by Spokane Area Sheep Producers' Association. Contact Marnie Fair, 208-215-5813 (cell), 208-773-7445 (home), or Les Boian,509-258-4467 (home).
Bring your lawn chair!
Download a flier and map (262 KB, pdf).

Hay Growers' Field Day, May 12, 2012

When: Saturday, May 12, 2012. 8 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.
Where: Deer Park Airport
Topics: Weed control: new products from DuPont, bio-control, alfalfa weed control. Gopher control, No-till forage seeding demonstration. Four pesticide applicator recertification credits.
Who: Area hay growers welcome.
Bring your lawn chair!
Download a flier and map (868 KB, pdf).

Archive No Longer Available: Lamb Market Analysis and Outlook, May 11, 2011

2010 Swine Artificial Insemination School

Swine producers attending this one day school will learn the basics of artificial insemination and will return to their farms with the ability to inseminate sows and gilts with commercially available boar semen. The school's instructor is Tim Safranski, Missouri State Extension Swine Breeding Specialist. Safranski teaches artificial insemination, farrowing schools, boar management, and genetic improvement throughout Missouri and beyond.

School participants will learn basic anatomy and physiology of reproduction in swine, techniques for detecting and synchronizing heat, insemination techniques, and sources of semen, supplies, and reference material.

WSU Extension programs are offered without discrimination. For accommodation of special need, or for more information, contact Tom Platt at 509-725-4171.

2009 Beef Information SeriesSeries

A series of lunch time telephone conference presentations is scheduled on the following dates from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Registration. To participate in this series of telephone conference presentations, you must register. Registration fee is $5.00.

Don't dilly-dally. The number of connections to WSU's telephone conferencing system is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Please allow time for return mail.

If you need assistance, call Cindy at WSU/Lincoln County Extension, 509-725-4171.



Archive no longer available: Beef Market Outlook

Date: Wednesday evening, November 5, 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Jim Robb and Erica Rosa of the Livestock Marketing Information Center
Power Point illustrated telephone conference. Before the conference, download the slide set or handouts:

This material is outdated and no longer available.

Viewing Locations:


  1. Cattle inventories, cattle cycle, and relationship between inventories and beef production.
  2. Feed: projections for current grain and hay supplies and outlook for 2009. Implications for cattle prices.
  3. International beef trade: how does international trade affect our markets. Who are the players and how much beef is at play?
  4. Currency: how does the strength or weakness of the dollar affect our international beef, grain, and hay trade? What are the implications for cattle prices?
  5. Competing meats: supply outlook and affect on beef demand and prices.
  6. General economy: affect of roller coaster economy on beef demand and prices
  7. Liquidity: will there be $$ for operating loans?
  8. Risk management: what are the big risks going into 2009, and how should calf and yearling producers manage those risks?
  9. Cattle price outlook for 2009.

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Voluntary BVD Control and Eradication Project

Spring 2008

Background. Persistent BVD can be a drain on any cow-calf operation. WSU recently launched a BVD herd screening program that can help calf producers and their veterinarian detect and then cull persistently infected BVD animals from their herd. Dr. John Wenz, who recently replaced Dr. Clive Gay at WSU’s Field Disease Investigative Unit, is leading the Voluntary BVD Control and Eradication Project. Read more here.

Goat Production Opportunities on Small Farms

Date: March 12, Wednesday

Time: 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Venue: Power Point illustrated telephone conference--participate anywhere by telephone. Find details here.

Presenter: Sandra Solaiman, Professor and Director of Small Ruminant Research, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Alabama



Factors Affecting Palatability of Lamb Meat
Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., PST
Venue: Power Point illustrated telephone conference--participate anywhere by telephone
Presenter: Susan Duckett, Professor/Endowed Chair, Animal and Veterinary Science Department, Clemson University


Supplementing Beef Cows on Low Quality Forages

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Time: 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Venue: Power Point illustrated telephone conference--participate anywhere by telephone
Presenter: Norman Suverly, WSU/Okanogan County Extension Director

Spokane Area Sheep Producers' Association field day planned for April 14, 2007

WSU announces Farm Financial Analyis and Planning beginning in the fall of 2006

How to get cows pregnant using artificial insemination and estrus synchronization

PowerPoint Illustrated Telephone Conference held April 5, 2006. Presentation by Dr. Cliff Lamb, University of Minnesota, to ranchers in Spokane, Washington.
Length: 1 hour 15 minutes.
View on-line. Requires high speed Internet connection. Must be viewed with Internet Explorer (see alternatives below).

Synopsis: Dr. Lamb discusses research comparing several synchronization protocols using CIDR's followed by heat detection or timed breeding. He makes recommendations for synchronization protocols designed for cows and heifers.

Download slides and reference material:

Genetics Of Spider Syndrome and Scrapie Susceptibility

PowerPoint Illustrated Telephone Conference held March 8, 2006. Distance presentation by Dr. Bob Wagner, Gene Check, Inc. in Ft. Collins Colorado to sheep producers in the Spokane, Washington area.

Synopsis: Dr. Wagner explains the genetic basis of scrapie susceptibility and spider lamb syndrome and discusses their genetic testing.

View on-line. Requires high speed Internet connection. Must be viewed with Internet Explorer.

Alternative viewing: request a CD of Dr. Wagner's presentation (narrated slide show). Contact Cindy by e-mail or at 509-725-4171.

Background Articles


Presenter: Lisa Kriese-Anderson, Extension Animal Scientist, Auburn University.

PowerPoint illustrated telephone conference held on January 4, 2006

On-line slide show with audio. View with Internet Explorer. Requires high speed Internet connection.

CD version. View with Internet Explorer. Does not require Internet. To request a CD, contact Cindy at 509-725-4171.


PowerPoint illustrated telephone conference. Presented by Art Linton, WSU Beef Cattle Specialist, on April 6, 2005.

Supporting Documents:

To request a CD, contact Cindy, 509-725-4171



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