Kansas State University’s Animal Sciences and Industry Department will host Cattlemen’s Day 2017 on Friday, March 3 at Weber Hall in Manhattan. New K-State President Richard Myers will kick off the event sharing his vision for the university.
“We’re excited and honored to have President Myers join us for Cattlemen’s Day,” said Dale Blasi, K-State professor and beef cattle extension specialist. “Following Gen. Myers, Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, K-State professor emeritus, will share his thoughts regarding ag policy in a new federal administration. Both presentations will set the stage as we move into the program theme of ‘Beef Cattle Economics Trilogy: Beef Industry Outlook, Drivers of Profitability and Better Use of Farm Management Budgets.’”
The day starts at 8 a.m. with refreshments, educational exhibits and a commercial trade show. The program begins at 10 a.m. Following Flinchbaugh’s presentation, K-State agricultural economists Glynn Tonsor, Robin Reid and Dustin Pendell will present a brief outlook for the beef industry, discuss management practices that differentiate low and high profitability producers and provide an introduction to budgets and farm management resources available through www.AgManager.info .
Lunch featuring smoked brisket and Cajun-spiced catfish will be sponsored by commercial exhibitors and U.S. Premium Beef. The afternoon sessions will feature K-State faculty and industry presentations in Weber Hall and Call Hall on an array of topics continuing the morning’s theme.
- Genetics and Profit: Balancing the Bottom Line — Megan Rolf, K-State assistant professor of genetics and livestock genomics will share how strategic use of genetic tools can aid in cost reduction, revenue generation and enhancement of overall ranch efficiency and profitability.
- Integrating Cover Crops and Soil Health into Commercial Beef Production Systems — Shawn Tiffany, co-owner of Tiffany Cattle Co., and KC Olson, K-State professor of range beef cattle nutrition and management, will team up to discuss opportunities for cutting costs and improving profits by integrating cover crops into grazing and finishing systems.
- How Safe is Your Silage Program? — Keith Bolsen, emeritus professor of ruminant nutrition and forage preservation, will explain that silage avalanches are real. They are highly unpredictable, can occur in a split second, and can have devastating (even deadly) consequences. This presentation will include guidelines that dramatically decrease chances for serious accidents caused by silage avalanches, along with a 17-minute video of a sobering, real-life tragedy in a bunker silo on Jan. 13, 2014. The No. 1 goal in every silage program is to send all employees home safe to their families at the end of the day.
- Antimicrobial Resistance, Beef Production and Implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) —Antimicrobial drugs have long been used in beef production for health management and growth promotion. Mike Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology, will share regulatory changes recently implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and what beef producers and their veterinarians can expect this year.
- Preconditioning for Profit — Extension beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff will cover the do’s and don’ts of preconditioning programs, highlighting nutrition and health management strategies aimed at maximizing the market value of your calf crop.
- Optimizing Value of Cull Cows — K-State beef cattle specialists Justin Waggoner and John Jaeger will discuss nutrition, management and marketing strategies aimed at increasing the value of cull beef cows to improve overall profitability of commercial cow-calf operations.
- How Can We Reduce the Cost of Feeding Silage? — Bolsen’s second presentation will focus on how silage dry-matter losses can be substantial and costly. He will share management practices and decision-making tools that can significantly reduce 'shrink loss,' maximizing the tons of silage that make their way to the feed bunk.
The cost to attend Cattlemen’s Day 2017 is $20 if paid by March 2 at noon or $30 at the door. There is no charge for students.