BY BRIDGET DIXON
WITH THE AGRICULTURAL industry constantly changing and evolving, our producers must be up to date on the latest andgreatest advancements in the industry. TheSunbelt Ag Expo is the perfect event for beefcattle producers to learn about new techniques and become experts so that theirherd can grow and prosper.
The Beef Barn at the Expo is the placeto be to learn about the latest trends in thebeef industry. Producers can sit in on seminars being presented and speak with alarge number of vendors and learn aboutthe newest technologies and techniquesbeing used in the beef industry. Vendors willbe there to answer questions that attendees may have and will do their best to present these advancements. Whether you area first-generation farmer or a multi-generation farmer, there is something new for youto learn at the Beef Barn.
Steve Blackburn, Sunbelt Ag Expo executive board member, and beef cattle exhibitchair, has worked hard to find the mostknowledgeable vendors to present theever-changing technology in the beef cattleindustry. Blackburn states that he is excitedabout the vendors attending the Expo andall the knowledge that will be brought to theproducers attending the Expo this year.
Inside the Beef Pavilion, you’ll see everything from genetic suppliers, breed associations, animal health companies who makevaccines and antibiotics, as well as representatives from the United States Departmentof Agriculture. Blackburn states that land-grant university vendors will be there toanswer all of the questions a beef producermay have.
The Beef Barn has resources for both
first-generation farmers to multi-genera-
tion farmers. First-generation farmers can
get advice from more experienced farmers
as well as ask questions to some of the ven-
dors that are experts in herd health and herd
growth. Multi-generation farmers can find
that there have been innovations in things
such as equipment and production. “There’s
something new to look at every single day
when you come to an Expo like this,” says
Blackburn, “manufactures are constantly
upgrading,” he continues.
Vendors who will lend their knowledgeon how to market producer’s cattle and howto get more money for their product will bein the Beef Pavilion. These vendors will bethere to answer questions about marketingchannels and what adds value to the producer’s cattle. The Beef Pavilion is the placeto expand cattle producers’ knowledge onthe marketing side of the industry.
Seminars will be presented throughout
the Expo. “We are going to try to be inclu-
sive to all producers, both beginners as well
as those well versed in livestock production,”
says Blackburn. These seminars will cover a
wide variety of topics such as reproduction,
forages, cattle handling, and equipment as
well as marketing options and how to assess
producers’ ability to be involved in various
marketing options. These topics will be pre-
sented in a seminar setting as well as one-
on-one if the producer has further questions.
Blackburn is very enthusiastic aboutbeing back at the Expo this year. He statesthat the vendors he has spoken with recentlyare also very excited to be back. “These vendors are ready to press the flesh, shakehands, and go toe-to-toe with producers,”says Blackburn. See the schedule of eventsat the front of the Show Program for a complete listing of the seminars taking place inthe Beef Pavilion.
Beef up your knowledge at the Beef Barn
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UGA Dairy Extension Specialistreceives National Award
AVA JANE TEASLEY
DR. JILLIAN BOHLEN is the product of Georgia 4-H and youth dairy Expositions and isnow giving back in her role as a Universityof Georgia (UGA) Associate Professor andState Dairy Extension Specialist. Her dedication to the industry is nationally recognizedby the American Dairy Science Association(ADSA) as the 2021 recipient of the Hoard’sDairyman Youth Development Award.
Bohlen said that she was always interested in any project or competition thatinvolved animals.
“I vividly remember my first visit to a
dairy farm,” Bohlen said. “That of Mr. Bud
Wiley. Before I knew it, I was getting off the
bus at Bud’s farm and my seventh-grade
science fair project was, ‘How the Size and
Structure Affects the Milk Production of a
Wiley introduced Bohlen to showing
dairy cows, even leasing her first dairy calf
for a purebred show in the little livestock
arena on UGA’s campus. Bohlen felt as if she
grew up in that arena as she continued her
dairy showing and judging career.
“It’s the openness and passion thatdefines the dairy industry that drew meto it,” Bohlen said. “There was never a ‘no’as I integrated into the industry, there wasalways a ‘we can,’ ‘we’ll find a way,’ or ‘I’ll