Cattlemen will hear the latest practices for controlling costs, managing water and improving herd health at the Aug. 2 Beef Field Day at the University of Illinois' Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, near Simpson.

The registration deadline is July 28.

The free event starts at 5 p.m. A complimentary meal will be provided by the Shawnee Beef Association.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Controlling costs in a beef cow/calf enterprise, Travis Meteer, Illinois Extension beef educator;
  • Water as a management tool, Jay Solomon, Illinois Extension natural resources, environment and energy educator;
  • Overcoming herd health challenges, Teresa Steckler, Illinois Extension beef educator; and
  • Research updates, Dan Shike, U of I animal sciences professor.

To register by Thursday (July 28), call 618-695-2441 or email Teresa Steckler, Illinois Extension beef educator, at When registering, include all participants' names, address, county, phone number and number attending. If dietary or disability accommodation is needed, participants should indicate when registering.

The field day is sponsored by Illinois Extension and U of I Department of Animal Sciences.