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Livestock and Forage Grower Update   arrow

Join us for our third annual Livestock and Forage Grower Update on March 2, 2023, beginning at 10:00 AM, featuring CSU Livestock and Crop Specialists. This webinar will be recorded – please pre-register for the webinar to access the recording.


Pre-Registration For the Webinar is Required


  • 10:00 – 10:20 Wolf Reintroduction Plan – Robin Young
  • 10:20 – 10:40 Virtual Fencing – Eric McPhail
  • 10:40-11:00 TRAC Data Report – Dr. Ryan Roades
  • 11:00-11:20 NOAA Outlook – Becky Bolinger
  • 11:20-11:30 Break
  • 11:30-11:50 Market Outlook – Kaitlyn McCullock
  • 11:50-12:10 Trade-offs Between Individual Gains and Herd Gains with Increased Stock Density – Dr. John Ritten
  • 12:10-1:00 Ruminant Nutrition – Dr. Shawn Archibeque


Robin Young Robin Young | Archuleta County Extension Director

Robin Young has served as an Agricultural and Natural Resources agent for CSUE for 12 years.  She was selected to serve on the Technical Working Group for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Wolf Reintroduction Plan.  She is the CSU Extension lead for Wolf Conflict education and has helped bring important information to Colorado Ranchers on managing for wolves.  She has conducted workshops around the state to bring livestock producers together to have CPW hear of their concerns and address them in the plan. 

Eric McPhail | Western Region Extension Director

Eric McPhail currently serves as the Western Regional Director for Colorado State University Extension.  He came to Extension with a bachelor’s in animal science and a masters in ruminant nutrition. In addition, he brought 8 years of experience from managing a large commercial cattle and farm operation.  In his current role, he oversees around 65 staff members and the success of Extension programs serving 16 counties across Colorado’s Western Slope. Prior to his regional role, he served as the County Director 4-H Youth and Agricultural Agent in Gunnison County, Colorado for 16 years.  In this role, his position took many forms of educational outreach, but his principal responsibilities included program management focused on community development, agriculture, livestock, 4-H youth, horticulture, and family and consumer science education. Eric prides himself on building organizational and committee partnerships. He believes the balance of knowledge transfer and diverse service is where Extension can make the most impact in a community. Also, surrounding oneself with great teammates is a plus too. He loves the job, the people, and the mission of providing a helping resource, or hand, to anyone.

Ryan Rhoades, Ph.D. | Extension Beef Specialist

Becky Bolinger, Ph.D. | Assistant State Climatologist

Becky Bolinger is the Assistant State Climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center, Colorado State University. Her interests include climate variability, climate trends, climate prediction, the hydrologic cycle, water resources, and climate and drought monitoring. She has worked for three different climate centers, has experience with many different climate datasets, and has experience with research and applications in climate. Her expertise and passion is bridging the gap between climate research and decision-making applications.

Kaitlyn McCullock | Livestock Marketing Information Center Director

Katelyn McCullock is the Director and Senior Agricultural Economist at the Livestock Marketing Information Center. Katelyn has expertise in the cattle, hog, dairy, hay, and grain sectors covering market analysis and outlook. Katelyn has published through a variety of channels market analysis, research, and new articles. She has been a frequent presenter on the national and regional levels, as well as through rural media outlets.

Prior to joining LMIC, Katelyn worked in the Farm Credit System as well as in Washington, DC for American Farm Bureau Federation on livestock-related agricultural policy topics. She has a Masters in Agricultural Economics from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine.

John Ritten, Ph.D. | Agricultural Economist and Extension Specialist

Dr. John Ritten is an agricultural economist at CSU and a member of the AgNext team.  He received a BS in Marketing from Arizona State University, an MBA from New Mexico State University, and a PhD in Natural Resource Economics from Colorado State University.  His research interests include the intersection of agricultural production and natural resource management.  Prior to joining AgNext, John served as the University of Wyoming’s state Agricultural Systems Extension specialist for 14 years. 

Shawn Archibeque, Ph.D. | Ruminant Nutritionist

Dr. Shawn Archibeque is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences. Dr. Archibeque’s research focuses on animal nutrition and the quantification and reduction of greenhouse gases from livestock systems. In addition to his responsibilities at CSU, Dr. Archibeque has served on the ASAS Board of Directors since 2013. Prior to CSU, Dr. Archibeque  received his PhD at Texas A&M University, and was a PostDoctoral Fellow at the U.S. meat animal research center in Clay Center, NE. 

Program Materials

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