K-State’s 105th Annual Cattlemen’s Day set for March 2.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University’s Animal Sciences and Industry Department will host Cattlemen’s Day 2018 on Friday, March 2 at Weber Hall in Manhattan. Gregg Doud will kick off the event by sharing his outlook on trade issues in the beef industry.

“We’re excited and honored to have Gregg Doud join us for Cattlemen’s Day,” says Dale Blasi, K-State professor and beef cattle extension specialist. Doud, a K-State ASI alumni, is currently president of the Commodity Markets Council and has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the Chief Agricultural Negotiator.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with refreshments, educational exhibits and a commercial trade show. The program begins at 10 a.m. Following Doud’s presentation, Glynn Tonsor, K-State agricultural economist, will discuss the importance of international trade as we expand the U.S. beef herd.

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 at the Purebred Beef Unit discussing an array of topics.

  • Feeding Cull Cows for Profit — Terry Houser, KSU meat scientist, will demonstrate the impact of short-term feeding programs on carcass grade, carcass yield and potential for increasing the value of females culled from the commercial beef herd.
  • Bud Box Operation — Justin Waggoner, Southwest area beef systems extension specialist, will provide an overview of Bud box operation, including do’s and don’ts for low-stress cattle handling in your operation.
  • Development of Work Skills through Internships — Ken Odde, professor, and Karol Fike, assistant professor, will moderate a panel of industry leaders in a discussion about the role practical internships has on helping students become valuable members of the agricultural workforce.
  • Can Split-Time Insemination Improve Profit in Your AI Program? — Sandy Johnson, Northwest area extension specialist, will present a summary of recent research striving to improve artificial insemination (AI) pregnancy rates.
  • Late-season Burning: A Strategy for Sericea Control —  KC Olson, professor of range beef cattle nutrition and management, will provide an overview of recent research aimed at managing Sericea infestation with late-season prescribed burning.
  • Tour of the Feed Intake Measurement Facility — Bob Weaber, extension cow-calf specialist, will lead a guided tour of the latest addition to the Purebred Beef operations. Packed with technology, this facility will allow for development of advanced selection programs aimed at improving cattle efficiency and growth.
  • Using Postmortem Examination to Enhance Herd Health Management — A.J. Tarpoff, extension beef veterinarian, will perform a real-time necropsy to examine major organ systems, injection site issues, and will discuss optimal procedures for tissue sampling and handling to ensure diagnostic results are meaningful.

The cost to attend Cattlemen’s Day 2017 is $20 if paid by March 1 at noon or $30 at the door. There is no charge for students. For more information and online registration, visit KSUBeef.org or contact Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or lschrein@ksu.edu.

The 41st Annual Legacy Bull & Female Sale will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Stanley Stout Center (2200 Denison Ave). Visit asi.ksu.edu/legacysale to learn more about this year’s offering and to request a sale catalog.

On March 1, the evening before Cattlemen’s Day, Sam Hands will be honored as the Stockman of the Year at the 48th Annual Stockmen’s Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. A separate registration is required for the dinner.  Information can be found online at www.found.ksu.edu/rsvp/asi or by contacting Chelsea Albrecht at 785-532-7417.

There is a block of rooms for events at the Four Points by Sheraton. The rate is $80 plus tax. To make a reservation call 785-539-5311 and ask for the LMIC Stockman’s Dinner 2018 block. The block cut-off date is February 1, 2018.

Source: KSU Animal Science Department