The 2015 K-State Beef Conference, Aug. 11 and 13, will be held at different locations throughout Kansas. The conference will focus on a search for opportunities to enhance the management of a beef operation in this time of record returns on calves that many cattle producers have experienced this year. The conference theme and focus for this year is “Improved Management, Improved Nutrition, Improved Profit.”
“The idea of continuous improvement is an important management principle beef producers should employ, even when the cow-calf sector is profitable,” said Bob Weaber, cow-calf specialist for K-State Research and Extension. “Profitable times are good ones for managers to evaluate their operation and deploy new profit-improving practices, recognizing at some point ahead we’ll experience leaner times.”
Rich Porter speaks with students of the Risk Management class in the spring 2015 semester.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Rich Porter, rancher and author, Reading, Kan. Porter has earned many awards for his operating a cattle ranch in Kansas. Under Porter, the ranch has grown and includes about 6,000 head of cattle and 2,800 acres of corn and soybeans. Porter was recognized for his work and awarded the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award by the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics. In 2008, he was awarded the K-State College of Agriculture’s 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Porter was awarded two years later the 2010 National Stocker Award from BEEF Magazine.
Joining Porter at this year’s conference will be Justin Waggoner, beef systems specialist, and Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist, both from K-State Research and Extension. Waggoner will lecture about low-stress cattle handling principles and techniques through the development of stockmanship skills. Reinhardt will discuss the benefits of a year-round mineral supplementation strategy, covering both motivations for the strategy and cost.
Locations and Dates:
Aug. 11: Melvern Community Center, Melvern, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Aug. 11: 4-H Center, Pratt County Fairgrounds, Pratt, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Aug. 13: American Ag Credit, Salina, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Aug. 13: Nemaha County Community Building, Seneca, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Registration should be completed with the hosting county or district office. Deadline for the Aug. 11 meeting is Aug 5. Deadline for the Aug. 13 meeting is Aug. 7. The registration fee includes a meal.
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Original Article by: Katie Allen, Katielynn@ksu.edu
K-State Research and Extension