Tuesday, August 22

All times in CDT

6:30 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

Check in for your pre-event tour in the Main Lobby. Grab breakfast before you head out in the Scarlet Ballroom.

7:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Pre-Event Tour

Meet in the Main Lobby to board the shuttle for Beef Blitz. Don’t forget to bring a jacket and wear close-toed shoes.

Beef Blitz – Sysco Lincoln
Ever wondered how food makes its way across the country after it leaves the packer? Join us on a tour of Sysco Lincoln, a foodservice distributor licensed to sell the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. See behind the scenes at one of the key players in the supply chain to see how beef gets to restaurants and how they leverage premium brands with their customers. Plus, enjoy lunch at the hotel before sessions start.

This tour is full, but if you’d like to be added to the wait list fill out this form.

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Check-in for the event in the Main Lobby.

1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Kara Lee

1:35 p.m.
Global Market Update

The global marketplace is dynamic and volatile. Learn about the current state of commodity and financial markets around the world to help prepare for swings in the market and guide your risk management strategies.


Speaker: Dan Basse

2:35 p.m.
The Other “S” Word

We’re talking about “stewardship.” Your production practices tell a story about how you value resources and cattle. Every detail matters from how you manage your land to how you interact with your herd. Hear this panel of experts share their experiences to make every piece of an operation more sustainable.


Speakers: Jesse Fulton, John Schroeder, Robert Wells
Moderator: Kirsten Nickles

3:20 p.m.

3:35 p.m.
Evolution of Beef Grading

For many cattle feeders, marketing fed steers and heifers is all about potential and how to bring out the best in each calf. The potential for an animal to grade well drives how many additional dollars flow back to cattlemen’s pockets. Hear the latest trends in carcass grading and the technology being developed to withstand new challenges.


Speaker: Bucky Gwartney

4:15 p.m.
Sessions End

5:30 p.m.
Industry Achievement Award Reception

Join us for a cocktail and social hour celebrating the 2023 Industry Achievement Award honoree.

Location: Hotel Lobby & Perkins Room

6:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to dinner. Grab a drink and head back into the ballroom for a Certified Angus Beef ® steak dinner.

Location: Ardis Ballroom


6:55 p.m.
The Relationship Factor

The day-to-day grind at a restaurant is much like that at the feedyard: long hours, physically exhausting and, sometimes, unideal conditions. While you enjoy dinner, listen to the challenges Round the Bend Steakhouse faces and how they lean into their relationship with Sysco to create loyal customers.

Speakers: T.J. & Tifini Olson, Lane Rosenberry, Moderator: Kara Lee

7:25 p.m.
Industry Achievement Award Presentation Honoring Steve Hunt

As one of the original founders and past CEO at U.S. Premium Beef, Steve Hunt has spent his career helping cattlemen earn more money. A leader, innovator, entrepreneur and executer, Steve Hunt was a leader in the cattle industry when cattlemen needed it most. Since starting in 1997, U.S. Premium Beef has paid its producer-members more than $730 million in grid premiums.

About the Award: The Industry Achievement Award recognizes leaders who have made a lasting mark on the beef industry with the intention of improving beef production, both profitably and sustainably. Achievements can be through private enterprises or be primarily public service with little or no direct cattle feeding endeavors. Each year recipients are chosen by previous winners, making it a community and leadership-focused honor.

Presenting the Award: Mark Gardiner, Gardiner Angus Ranch


Wednesday, August 23

All times in CDT

6:30 to 7:45 a.m.

Enjoy breakfast in the Scarlet Ballroom.

8:00 a.m.
Welcome Back

Speaker: Kara Lee

8:05 a.m.
Insights from the Packer

The packer serves as a critical link in the supply chain for both cattle producers and beef end users. As the industry heads into a period of short supply, Cargill Protein will share expected challenges in both procurement and operations and what cattlemen can expect in the coming years as they work to manage both.

Speaker: Glen Dolezal

8:50 a.m.
Comfort and Performance: Maximizing Both

The quality of a calf relies on every day being a good day. Mother Nature makes that tough, but technology and weather forecasting instruments help. Learn mitigation factors and management techniques to keep calves comfortable during a heat-stress event so you can be proactive in keeping cattle comfortable and performing.

Speakers: Lily Edwards-Callaway, A.J. Tarpoff

9:35 a.m.
The Premium Angle

How does the Certified Angus Beef ® brand influence carry throughout the beef supply chain? For end users to continue driving sales, there must be greater volume available. Listen to Certified Angus Beef’s perspective from Sara Scott. She’ll share how the team helps partners navigate supply challenges, how Prime is a bigger player in the marketplace and how cattlemen can be more consumer responsive.

Speaker: Sara Scott

10:20 a.m.

10:40 a.m.
Value Drivers in the Cattle Business

The best time to improve the value of calves is at the ranch. It’s part genetics, part management and a little bit of good luck. But what improvements bring the most return? Hear how Nevil Speer defines calf quality and how that translates to more value at the feedyard and beyond.

Speaker: Nevil Speer

11:25 a.m.
Technology Tools to Enhance Efficiency and Quality

Technology adopters across the cattle industry will discuss solutions they use to improve performance, nutrition and health. From precision health tracking to outcome sorting at the feedyard, this session will highlight technology opportunities to improve quality from birth to harvest.

Moderator: Justin Sexten

12:10 p.m.
Closing Comments Followed by Lunch