Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium Open to Cattle Producers

Posted August 10, 2023

by Amy Wampler, RAAA communications intern

DENVER —The Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium, hosted by the Red Angus Association of America, is set for Wednesday, Sept. 13, during the National Red Angus Convention in Denver, Colorado. The event will offer beef producers of all breeds an opportunity to gain tools and knowledge to strengthen their operations.

This year’s symposium will focus on “Recovery After Drought” and provide discussion around nutrition, value-added opportunities and sustainability. Award-winning multimedia farm broadcaster Lane Nordlund will emcee the educational event.

“We are excited to offer this free program to cattle producers during the National Red Angus Convention,” said Rachael Oliver, RAAA commercial marketing specialist. “Such a large part of the country has been impacted by weather events in the past few years and that takes a toll on the cow herd. This year’s program will provide practical and sound advice to rebuild your herd’s health, nutrition and market value after the distress of recent years.”

The symposium will kick off with a keynote address about increasing production efficiency from Rick Funston, Ph.D., University of Nebraska professor and reproductive physiologist.

The topic of leveraging sustainability and value-added programs will be addressed by Doug Stanton, senior vice president of sales and business development for Where Food Comes From Inc.

Nutrition will be discussed by a panel including John Paterson, Ph.D., retired animal science professor and beef extension specialist at Montana State University, and Brian Fieser, Ph.D., nutrition support specialist for ADM Animal Nutrition.

Jordan Shockley, Ph.D., associate extension professor and farm management specialist at the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics, will explain carbon credits. For the past two years, Shockley’s focus has been carbon markets in the U.S. and the opportunities they provide to crop and livestock producers.

Chad Martin, vice president of cattle procurement for Tyson Foods fresh meat division, will continue the discussion around carbon markets with a keynote titled, “Carbon Credit Updated for Value-Added Programs.”

The symposium will conclude with a producer panel including C.J. Blew, Red Angus producer from Hutchinson, Kansas, and first vice chairman of the CHS board of directors; Ronny Pope, ranch manager of River Bend Ranch in Limon, Colorado; and Steve Wooten, owner and operator of a multi-generational cow calf enterprise in southeast Colorado.

A trade show will be open throughout the day and will feature the latest in technology, research and products from vendors across the country.

During the event, a ladies’ symposium will feature a trip to the Molly Brown House Museum, the historic home of Titanic survivor and philanthropist, Margaret Tobin Brown.

The symposium will conclude with a social hour and convention kick-off dinner. The Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium and lunch are open to cattle producers from all breed interests at no cost. However, registration is requested for accurate meal preparation. For more information and to see a full convention schedule, please visit for details.

The Red Angus Association of America serves the beef industry by enhancing and promoting the measurable advantages of Red Angus and Red Angus-influenced cattle. The RAAA provides commercial producers with objectively described cattle by implementing new technologies and using scientifically sound principles that quantify traits of economic importance to beef producers in all segments of the beef industry. For more information, visit



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Suggested cutline: Commercial cattle producers are encouraged to attend the Commercial Cattlemen's Symposium in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The symposium is free to attend, but registration is requested for the meal count. Sign up today at

Aug. 10, 2023

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Lisa Bryant, Director of Communications 
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