MANHATTAN, Kan. — A two-way verbal exchange between Kansas’ cattle producers and extension specialists is the new approach to K-State’s 2014 Winter Ranch Management Seminar. Area beef cattle producers will have an opportunity to talk with Extension specialists Tuesday, January 14, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at a meeting held at the Lighthouse Presbyterian Church, 1402 E. 303rd St., in Paola, KS.
Bob Weaber, beef breeding, genetics and cow/calf specialist for K-State Research and Extension, along with other state and local extension staff, will take part in the meeting to help answer producers’ questions about beef cattle issues surrounding animal health, nutrition, management, genetics and reproduction.
“Because of the wide range of topics and variety of climatic conditions over the past year in Kansas, there are many different issues facing producers,” Weaber said. “This is a great opportunity for us as state specialists to take our expertise out in the country and do a series of ‘town hall’ format meetings, where we don’t have a specific agenda. We want to be responsive to the questions and needs of our producer clientele.”
Weaber said producers should come to the meetings prepared with questions. Some of the hot topics he foresees discussing include drought management and recovery, winter feeding and cow management, preparation for calving season, and, as the bull buying season approaches in the spring, new trichomoniasis regulations (http://www.asi.k-state.edu/species/beef/research-and-extension/finaltrichrules.pdf), bull selection and genetics issues.
Although most of the questions will probably focus on winter issues, Weaber said extension staff is open to questions regarding producers’ plans next year for breeding, calving and weaning.
“January is always a great time for producers, when the weather is bad and after they get chores done, to sit back, think and plan for the coming year, the calves that will be born in the spring and how they might manage those,” he said. “Certainly think about business strategy opportunities moving forward in terms of expansion.”
Other meetings for area crop and livestock producers are:
Farmland and Machinery Leasing
Dr. Kevin Dhuyvetter, K-State farm management specialist, and Jeremy Knuth, vice-president of sales at Heritage Tractor will discuss equitable leases for farmland: both cash rent and crop share, and financing equipment purchases and the alternatives of leasing versus installment payment plans, Tuesday, January 21, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Heritage Tractor, 915 Industrial Park Road, in Baldwin City.
The Johnson County Livestock Association (JCLA) Annual Meeting is Monday, January 27, from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 136 E Washington St., Gardner. The increase in toxic blue-green algae in area lakes and ponds will be discussed, along with how to identify and manage around the unusual algaes that are showing up. The consequences could be deadly if not managed properly.
Registration is required for both the Beef Cattle Winter Ranch Management meeting and the JCLA Annual Meeting. Details and registration are available online at www.johnson.ksu.edu/AGworkshops, or through the Johnson County K-State Extension office at (913)715-7000.