Beef stocker cattle health, business management and infrastructure topics are among those on tap for the 2015 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 24, in Manhattan.

The day starts with registration at 9:30 a.m. at the university’s beef stocker unit, 4330 Marlatt Ave. in Manhattan. A complimentary barbecue brisket lunch will be provided and the program will close with social time and “The Cutting Bull’s Lament 2015,” featuring prairie oysters and ice cream for all.

At the end of the day attendees will also see an unmanned aerial vehicle in action.

The program is designed to share the most significant research and other recent information related to stocker cattle operations through several presentations.

  • Charting the Course in Choppy Waters – Glynn Tonsor, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist. 
     
  • Kansas Producer Panel: Breaking into the Stocker Business – Rodney Derstein, Kismet; Justin Keith, Allen; Sam Sterling, Pratt; and Mike Utech, Emporia. Moderator – Wes Ishmael, contributing editor, BEEF Magazine. 
     
  • Innate Immunity and Bovine Reproductive Disease in Stocker Calves – Jim Sears, senior technical services veterinarian, Bayer.
     
  • Veterinarian Panel: Health Issues: What We Think – Veterinarians Stan Perry, Phil Benz and James Allen. Moderator – Dale Blasi, extension beef cattle specialist.
     

Breakout sessions:

- Dealing with Old World Bluestem – Walt Fick, extension range management specialist.

- Lungs: When Things Aren’t Right – Gregg Hanzlicek – K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.

- New Pen Construction – Considerations, Requirements and Costs – Bill Hollenbeck, K-State beef stocker unit, Pat Murphy and Joe Harner, extension livestock systems engineers. 

More information is available by contacting Lois Schreiner in the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at 785-532-1267 or lschrein@ksu.edu.