All producers are encouraged to attend today’s KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day at Ken and Barb Grecian’s ag operation near Palco. Highlights of the program include a beef market outlook by CattleFax, a discussion of winter feed options for cow-calf producers, a presentation on grazing management and stockwatering sources in northwest Kansas and suggestions on how to prevent the costly disease trichomoniasis from entering a cowherd.

CattleFax Market Analyst Chad Spearman will project the impact of protein supplies, consumer demand, feedgrain prices, exports and energy costs on cattle prices. He will also discuss the importance of individual ranchers managing risk in today’s highly volatile markets.

Livestock specialists on today’s program will talk about the cow-calf producer’s winter feed options, including wet distillers’ grain. Another session will focus on stockwatering opportunities in northwest Kansas , using as an example the Grecians’ successful use of solar-powered pumps in a rotational grazing program. A K-State extension veterinarian will explain how trichomoniasis is spread and recommend several ways to avoid the disease, which can reduce a calf crop by up to 50%.

The Palco field day will begin with registration at 3:30 p.m. and conclude with a free beef meal at 7:00 p.m. This free event is sponsored by Bayer Animal Health and the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas. For directions or more information, click here or call the KLA office in Topeka.

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