DENVER - Pre-registration is now open for the 2008 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, which will be held July 15 through 19 in Denver.

The event is co-sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), American National Cattle Women, Inc. (ANCW), and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, according to a statement from the NCBA.

For the second year in a row, the beef and dairy industries will team up for an educational session to kick off the conference. The Beef-Dairy Animal Care and Quality Assurance Symposium will highlight joint issues and crisis management efforts coordinated between the two industries. The symposium will also address the timely topic of animal care and handling guidelines for all segments of the beef industry. Speakers will address animal handling techniques, transportation requirements, and strategic marketing decision tools that can lead to improved product quality and consumer satisfaction.

“I’m pleased that the beef and dairy industries have once again partnered to create an informative, opening day workshop,” said NCBA President Andy Groseta. “Proper animal care and handling are increasingly important to the cattle industry, and it’s important that we all work together to educate our members on the latest guidelines.”

Cattle Industry Summer Conference meetings and events will be held at the Sheraton Denver Hotel (formerly the Adam’s Mark) in downtown Denver, the organization said. Pre-registration is open through June 25. Those not registered by this deadline may do so on-site beginning July 15.