SALINA, Kan. — A majority of Kansas calves are born in the spring and weaned in autumn. Basic economics dictates increasing supply mixed with steady demand causes prices to decline. For years producers have added value to spring born calves through backgrounding. The aim is to enhance calf health and provide economically efficient cost of gain. Whether eventually going to grass or developed to heavier weights on feedstuffs, successful stocker cattle production requires sound management practices.
On Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 pm Central Kansas District Extension will host “Stocker School” at American Ag Credit’s meeting room located at 925 West Magnolia Street in Salina, next to Menards. Attendees will get the chance to discuss cutting edge animal health and research-based stocker cattle management from K-State Research & Extension and Boehringer Ingelheim specialists.
The evening will begin with a complimentary meal at 6:00pm and a presentation by Boehringer Ingelheim’s animal health specialist at 6:30 pm. Next, Ron Graber, KSRE Watershed Specialist, will discuss what producers should look for and consider in new and existing feeding sites. Ron helps producers throughout central Kansas make wise decisions and avoid costly construction mistakes as they build and expand their facilities. If you are considering redoing or adding to your feeding locations, Ron has tips to help you do it right the first time. Dr. Dale Blasi, K-State Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management Specialist, will be sharing with guests effective management strategies for commingled calves and how to incorporate feed bunk scoring into their management routine. Dale manages the K-State Beef Stocker Unit and is well versed in receiving and backgrounding calves of unknown or diverse histories. Dale’s talk will showcase management approaches producers can immediately add to their tool box.
Regardless if you graduated decades ago or if you still have a functional student ID, Central Kansas District’s “Stocker School” on Thursday, November 16th is designed to provide practical, science-based knowledge to benefit you and the stocker cattle you manage. Make plans to attend today, there is no fee thanks to our generous sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim. Contact 785-392-2147 or firstname.lastname@example.org by November 13th to reserve a spot at the feed bunk.
— Anthony N. Ruiz,
Livestock Extension Agent
Central Kansas District
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