The 50th annual Oakdale Livestock Forum, an educational meeting for beef cattle producers, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Oakdale Community Center, in this Stanislaus County community.

The 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. forum, organized by University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), will feature speakers on a variety of topics of interest to cattle ranchers, including biosecurity, animal health, nutrition and supplementation, and high tech carcass analysis. The topics for this year's forum are a direct result of input gathered from participants who attended the 2001 event.

The forum will begin with a presentation by UCCE veterinarian John Maas, who will answer questions about herd health and biosecurity. Jim Oltjen, UCCE specialist in livestock management, will discuss practical cow herd nutrition, from animal requirements to supplementation strategies.

This year's forum will have a special in-depth focus on the relationships of growth, carcass value and marketing. Dr. Roberto Sainz of the animal science department at UC Davis will lead off the afternoon program by explaining the fundamentals of cattle growth and how they apply to carcass value.

To conclude the program, John Angelos of veterinary medicine at UC Davis will present an update on the disease Pinkeye, including recent research results and possible vaccinations.

The meeting is sponsored by the University of California Cooperative Extension, the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association, and the Calaveras, Tuolumne and San Joaquin/Stanislaus Cattlemen's associations. Preregistration is $15 before Feb. 19, and $20 thereafter.

Register by sending a check for the full amount, made out to UC REGENTS, to UC Cooperative Extension, Department of Animal Science, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. For more information contact Oltjen at (530) 752-5650.