‘Building Better Heifers’ field days planned in Kansas

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COLBY, Kan. – Kansas State University will host “Building Better Heifers – Selecting, Growing and Breeding Heifers Using Today’s Science” field days on Aug. 28 in Eureka, Kan. and Aug. 29 in Phillipsburg, Kan.

“As feed costs have risen, the balance between properly developing heifers and not spending more than you can afford, has become more challenging,” said Sandy Johnson, K-State Research and Extension livestock specialist, based in Colby. “Science has provided new tools to use for breeding and selection.”

The Aug. 28 field day will be held at Dalebanks Angus (www.dalebanks.com) at 1021 River Rd., Eureka, Kan., 67045. The Aug. 29 event will be at Bar Arrow Cattle Co. (www.bararrowcattlecompany.com) at 26 E. Limestone Rd., Phillipsburg, Kan., 67661.

“Market signals are there for those who are in a position to build their cow herd,” Johnson said. “Where resources are adequate, producers may develop additional heifers beyond what they need to offer for sale. Producers should be aware of current research studies that look at systems aimed to reduce the cost of heifer development while maintaining or improving their performance as cows.”

The field day at both locations begins with registration at 4 p.m., and the program starting at 4:30 p.m. Presentations and speakers include:

• Heifer development systems– Rick Funston, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;

• Reproductive technologies– Sandy Johnson, K-State;

• Proper collection of DNA samples – Kara Wilson, CAB and Tonya Amen, American Angus Association;

• Heifer selection tools – Bob Weaber, K-State;

• Post-breeding nutrition and early pregnancies – Scott Lake, University of Wyoming; and

• Healthy heifers to healthy cows – Dale Grotelueschen, veterinarian, Pfizer Animal Health.

The field days are sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, Pfizer Animal Health and Certified Angus Beef.  An evening meal is included in the event. For meal planning purposes, organizers request that all participants RSVP by contacting Anna Curry (akcurry@ksu.edu or 620-583-7455), Rachael Boyle (rboyle@ksu.edu or 785-425-6851) or Sandy Johnson (sandyj@ksu.edu or 785-462-6281).



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