Featured photo: Pennsylvania dairy and beef producers gathered at Rick Ebert’s farm in Blairsville, PA, to learn more about the opportunities to feed and finish calf-fed dairy steers.

The Pennsylvania Beef Stakeholder Team, made possible by funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Beef Promotion Bid, facilitated an interactive workshop featuring Jim Hogue, Agri-basics, Inc., John Tyson, Penn State Extension Ag Engineer and Larry Rose, JBS Cattle Procurement, Greely, CO.

Twenty-eight producers from ten counties gathered to learn more about the viability of calf-fed dairy steers.

Larry Rose started the day by outlining the need and the market opportunities for these calves through JBS.  Jim Hogue followed with a ground-level view of the growing options, current cost verses profit overview, and best practices. John Tyson ended the day with a talk on optimum facilities and how to convert existing facilities.

“We have been considering this option for a while and today’s presentation really opened our eyes to personalizing this production method to our farm,” said Tyler Orr, Cow-Calf and feedlot producer from Armstrong County.

“These types of educational opportunities allow our producers to assess their current operation and how to better position themselves for a stronger business plan with targeted and meaningful future goals,” said Dustin Heeter, Westmoreland County Penn State Extension Educator.

“My wife and I made the trip from Franklin County to learn more about this subject,” said Dairy producer Ben Peckman. “I’m glad we took time to attend this informative training to learn from folks who are in the know; it was a good workshop.”

“I appreciated the interest shown, both in turnout and questions posed to all the speakers,” said Jim Hogue.  “It makes being a presenter at a meeting very worthwhile.”