Beef producers can hear University of Nebraska specialists, a senior economist and producer panel discussions at a conference in North Platte Nov. 7-8. The State of Beef Conference will take place at Sandhills Convention Center at the Quality Inn & Suites, 2102 S. Jeffers St.

Registration is requested by Friday for the evening dinner on Nov. 7. Conference registration will be taken ahead or at the door.

The conference is conducted in alternating years by the university; the theme for this year is "Increased Production Efficiency." Information and an online registration form are available at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/panhandle/state-of-beef-conference.

The opening address at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 will be on the market outlook, given by Jim Robb, senior agricultural economist at Livestock Marketing Information Center.

University of Nebraska specialists will address cow size and efficiency, reproduction management, internal and external parasites, animal breeding programs to support a changing world demand, alternative enterprises for the cow/calf producer, herd health, alternative forage systems and genetic selection for efficiency.

The conference will include two producer panels. One will address increasing efficiency in a traditional cow/calf production system. The other will discuss adding other profit centers to the beef production operation.

There will be vendor booths both days, and in the evening on the first day there will be a cash bar and dinner. There will also be bullpen sessions, opportunities to visit with speakers and ask them questions.