PARSONS, Kan. — The KOMA cattle conference will be coming back to Kansas after a hiatus in January of 2019. The cattle conference is to help cow-calf operations with managerial decisions. The conference will be held at the Community Building at the Greenbush Education Service Center (947 W. 47 Hwy. Girard, KS) on January 24, 2019. The program will be beginning at 10:30 am with registration and the chance for producers to interact with sponsors. Educational information will begin at 11:00 am and end at 3:45 pm, with lunch included.
The focus of this meeting will “From grass to cash.” With this encompassing theme the speakers will address forage management, cow-calf management, cow herd diseases, and economics of production. The speakers represent 3 states; Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
The day will begin with Dr. Glynn Tonsor from Kansas State University. Dr. Tonsor is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics. The title of his presentation will be “Feeder Cattle Marketing Outlook”. He will address marketing strategies that pertain to 500 to 800 pound calves. Dr. Tonsor’s current research and extension efforts have focused on cattle/beef and swine/pork industries. His interests span areas of production supply issues to end-user consumer demand issues in regards to the meat supply chain.
Dr. David Lalman from Oklahoma State University will be the next speaker with the presentation titled, “Matching cows to the environment”. Dr. Lalman will discuss the historical changes in cattle phenotype we have been observing and discuss the benefits and possible pit-falls of this changing herd population. Dr. David Lalman is a professor and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Lalman holds the Harrington Endowed Chair with split extension and research appointment. He works primarily in the beef cattle industry focused on cow/calf and stocker cattle production. His extension and applied research program includes beef cattle nutrition and management with emphasis on beef cattle grazing and genetic by environment interactions in beef production systems. His program goals are to provide producers with information and decision tools to facilitate production system profitability, improve cow herd efficiency and to improve product quality. At Oklahoma State, Dr. Lalman serves as the Animal Science Extension Program Coordinator and the supervisor for the Range Cow Research Center.
Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, DVM from Kansas State University will provide the health component of the program. He will specifically be addressing blood-borne diseases of the cattle herd. His talk will encompass the production effects, transmission, and management strategies. Dr. Hanzlicek is the director of Production Animal Field Investigations within the Veterinary College and thus he works with pathologists and microbiologists within the laboratory to diagnosis bovine health events. His research activities include disease surveillance and monitoring systems for beef and dairy health programs and disease surveys.
Dr. Jordan Thomas from Mizzou will discuss, “Optimizing reproductive performance” at this KOMA Conference. Jordan Thomas is an Assistant Extension Professor and State Beef Reproduction Specialist in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri. Dr. Thomas is a Missouri native and University of Missouri alumnus, having earned his Ph.D. in Animal Sciences with an emphasis in Reproductive Physiology in 2017. In addition to extension and education programming associated with the National Center for Applied Reproduction and Genomics, Dr. Thomas maintains an active applied research program in reproductive management of beef cattle. The primary research focus of the Thomas lab is control of the bovine estrous cycle, specifically to facilitate use of reproductive technologies such as timed artificial insemination and embryo transfer.
The final speaker will be Wesley Tucker who is a field specialist in agricultural business from Missouri University. The title of his presentation is “Keys to profitability for beef producers”. He will address forage production with the goal of economically maximizing grazing. Wesley Tucker is an Ag Economist for University of Missouri Extension. He specializes in financial management, livestock marketing, estate & succession planning, farm lease agreements, budgeting, fence law, forage & beef production, and rotational grazing. A Southwest Missouri native, Wesley grew up on the family beef operation where he continues to farm today. He and his wife, Heather, a local veterinarian, and their daughter, Jordan, operate a crossbred cow-calf operation in Dallas County. As a University of Missouri Extension specialist, Wesley’s primary educational role is helping producers become better managers and improve the profitability of their farming operations.
Sponsors of the event include Ag Choice of Hepler, Frontier Farm Credit, Producers Cooperative Association, GNBank, MultiMin, and Zoetis. These sponsors will be at the trade show to visit with producers, so bring your questions.
Please RSVP to the Southeast Research and Extension Center by January 18, 2019. There needs to be a minimum of 30 RSVP in order to host the meeting, so please call or email RSVPs to Karen Walters, 620-820-6127 or email@example.com or to Jaymelynn Farney, 620-820-6125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also RSVP on the Southeast Research and Extension Website, https://www.southeast.k-state.edu/animalscience/index.html. Kansas State University, County Extension Councils, Extension Districts, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperating. K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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