MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. – K-State Research & Extension will host the first of its annual statewide Winter Ranch Management seminar series in the Central Kansas District (CKD) in early February.
The meetings will highlight several strategies to mitigate environmental factors impacting cow reproduction and will feature presentations and comments by extension educators on profit-enhancing strategies.
Each session will also offer a town hall style question-and-answer session between area livestock producers and Extension personnel on beef cattle issues including animal health, nutrition, management, genetics and reproduction.
The first meeting will be held on February 5 in the Minneapolis Grade School gymnasium. Registration will start at 5:30 p.m. with the meal and program beginning at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but participants need to RSVP by January 29 by calling the CKD – Minneapolis Office at (785) 392-2147 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topics to be discussed are environmental factors affecting conception rates and forage quality and availability impacts on beef cow nutrition during late gestation and pre-breeding. MS Biotec, a cattle biological company out of Wamego, is sponsoring the CKD meeting and will have representatives available to talk about grazing cows in high grain environments and accelerating grower cattle on concentrate diets to reduce harvested forage requirements.
More information about the K-State Winter Ranch Management seminar series is available by contacting the CKD – Minneapolis Office or by visiting KSUBeef.org.