MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State University will host its 99th Annual Cattlemen's Day on Friday, March 2, on the university's Manhattan campus. The day kicks off at 8 a.m. in Weber Hall with a commercial trade show, educational exhibits and sponsored morning refreshments, with the program beginning at 10 a.m.
Featured presentations and speakers during the morning session include:
• Market Outlook for the Cattle Industry - Glynn Tonsor - K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist.
• Demand for Choice and Prime Beef: The Walmart Effect and Beyond - John Stitka - Certified Angus Beef.
• Dealing with Declining Inventories Amid Excess Feeding and Packing Capacity - Mike Sands - Informa Economics, Inc.
After a sponsored lunch, breakout sessions at 1:15 p.m. will cover several topics, including: Beef Cattle Genomics; Feed and Cattle Market Risk Management for Cow-Calf Producers; Update on Prevalence and Testing for non-0157:H7 STECs (Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli); Preparing Bulls for Semen Collection; and Telltale Signs from Cattle Necropsy: A Real-Time Demonstration.
Breakout sessions beginning at 2 p.m. include: Role of Collagen Cross-Links in Beef Tenderness; Cattle Feeding Programs and Fat Profiles of Beef - Implications for Flavor Attributes; Limit Feeding Programs for Cows and Calves as an Alternative to Roughages; Cow and Heifer Synchronization; and Bovine Leukosis.
More information and online registration is available at www.asi.ksu.edu/cattlemensday or by contacting Eve Clark at 785-532-1280 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost to register if paid by Feb. 24 is $20 per person; after that date and at the door is $30. There is no charge for students.
Cattlemen's Day will be followed K-State's 35th Annual Legacy Sale at 3:30 p.m. in the university's Purebred Beef Teaching Center, offering bulls, show heifer prospects, bred females and six registered Quarter horses. More sale information is available at http://asi.ksu.edu/bullsale or contact Ryan Breiner at 785-532-6127.
The annual Stockmen's Dinner will be held at the Clarion Hotel, honoring the Mushrush Family as Stockmen of the Year. Information is available online at www.found.ksu.edu/lmic or by calling Melissa Geisler at 785-532-7522.
K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.