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Calving Schools Planned

In anticipation of calving season, KSU ASI and K-State Research and Extension are planning a series of calving schools beginning in November and finishing up in January.

The program will outline overall calving management that includes stages of the normal calving process as well as tips to handle difficult calving situations. A.J. Tarpoff, K-State extension beef veterinarian, explains the goals of the event are to increase knowledge, practical skills and the number of live calves born if they need assistance.

The schools will also share tips on when and how to intervene to assist the cow and how those times may be different when dealing with young heifers. Presenters will also demonstrate proper use of calving equipment on a life-size cow and calf model.

"Our goal is for producers to leave better prepared for calving season," Tarpoff adds. "We will discuss timelines on when to examine cows for calving problems, and when to call your vet for help if things are not going well. It's an excellent program regardless of experience level."

Several of the meetings will also cover topics such as body condition scoring (BCS) cows, colostrum management, and animal health product storage and handling.

Meetings scheduled include:

• Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., Morris County Fairgrounds Community Building, Council Grove, Kansas; RSVP to Flint Hills Extension District at 785-767-5136. Or email Shannon Ney at spn@ksu.edu

• Tuesday, Dec. 10, evening, Alfalfa County Fairgrounds, Cherokee, Oklahoma; RSVP to Barber County Extension Office at 620-886-3971. Or email Justin Goodno at jgoodno@ksu.edu

• Thursday, Jan. 9, evening, Edwards County Fair Building, Kinsley, Kansas; RSVP to Edwards County Extension Office at 620-659-2149. Or email Martin Gleason at mgleason@ksu.edu

• Tuesday, Jan. 14, evening, Franklin County Fairgrounds- Celebration Hall, Ottawa, Kansas; RSVP to Marais des Cygnes District Extension Office at 913-294-4306. Or email Katelyn Barthol at kbarth25@k-state.edu

• Thursday, Jan. 16, midday, Lane County Fair Building, Dighton, Kansas; RSVP to Walnut Creek District Extension Office at 785-222-2710. Or email Jared Petersilie at jaredp11@ksu.edu

• Thursday, Jan. 16, Trego County Fairgrounds, Commercial Building, Wakeeney, Kansas; RSVP to Golden Prairie District Extension Office at 785-743-6361. Or email Clint Bain at bainc@ksu.edu

• Thursday, Jan. 23, KSU Polytechnic College Center, Salina, Kansas; RSVP to Central Kansas District Extension Office at (785) 309-5850. Or email Cade Rensink at crensink@ksu.edu

 

KSU Cattlemen's Day

Kansas State University's Animal Sciences and Industry Department hosted Cattlemen's Day 2019 on Friday, March 1 at Weber Hall in Manhattan. Dr. Brad Morgan, Performance Food Group senior director of protein, kicked off the event by discussing the potential for plant-sourced "meat" and laboratory-produced "meat" to take market share from the meat industry. 

 

Ranching Summit

The KSU Beef Team hosted the 2018 K-State Ranching Summit, Aug. 15 at the Alumni Center in Manhattan, KS. The theme of the program was Beef 2030 – Pursuing technology, transparency and profitability. Watch playlist of presentations here:

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>> Ranching Summit 2018 Proceedings


 


 

Tally Time: Management Minder outlines your production year

Technology has been developed that makes many things in our lives much easier. Some of you may remember when you were the “remote control” when your Dad was watching TV. Now, new homes have heating, alarm and lighting systems throughout that can be controlled remotely with a smart phone. Cattle producers use electronic IDs to automate many data collection activities. Computer applications seem to only be limited by our imagination.

Our beef extension educational efforts have often pointed out timely management topics. For example, now is the time to sample harvested forages and get an analysis of the quality. Some of those items would relate to time of year, while others would depend on the individual operation’s calving and breeding dates. So, while those suggestions are timely for most (we hope), they certainly do not fit everyone.

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Focus Areas

The K-State beef extension team strives to address all phases of beef production from "farm to fork".

 

Upcoming Events

Calving Schools

Nov. 19,  5:30 pm
Morris County Fairgrounds Community Building
Council Grove, Kansas

Dec. 10, evening
Alfalfa County Fairgrounds
Cherokee, Oklahoma

Jan. 9, evening
Edwards County Fair Building
Kinsley, Kansas

Jan. 14, evening
Franklin County Fairgrounds, Celebration Hall
Ottawa, Kansas

Jan. 16, midday
Lane County Fair Building
Dighton, Kansas

Jan. 16
Trego County Fairgrounds, Commercial Building
Wakeeney, Kansas

Jan. 23
KSU Polytechnic College Center
Salina, Kansas

KSFGC Winter Forage Conference
Wichita, Kansas
Dec. 10, 2019

KSU Stockmen's Dinner
Thursday, March 5
Four Points by Sheraton
Manhattan, Kansas

KSU Cattlemen's Day
Friday, March 6
Weber Hall
Manhattan, Kansas

 

 

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