Kansas State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry is host to the 107th annual Cattlemen’s Day on March 6 in Weber Hall.
Lorna Marshall, the vice president of beef programs for Ohio-based Select Sires, Inc., will speak at 10 a.m. on genetic and reproductive trends in the global beef industry.
Derrell Peel, an extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, will discuss opportunities for the beef industry in global meat markets.
“We are excited to host Cattlemen’s Day,” said Ken Odde, professor and Cattlemen’s Day co-chair. “Our annual program strives to address key issues and to provide current information that keeps our industry efficient and relevant. This year’s main program speakers will challenge attendees to think outside the box as they address global protein supplies, trade, reproductive and genetic technologies and their effects on the U.S. beef industry.”
The day starts at 8 a.m. with refreshments, educational exhibits and a commercial trade show.
“This year we have more than 75 participants signed up for our allied industry trade show,” Odde said. “The trade show provides a forum for the attendees to observe what’s new in the beef industry and network with key industry leaders.”
The cost to attend is $25 if paid by noon Feb. 28 or $35 at the door. There is no charge for students who pre-register.
U.S. Premium Beef and commercial exhibitors will sponsor lunch, featuring smoked brisket and Cajun-spiced catfish. The afternoon sessions will feature K-State faculty and industry presentations in Weber Hall, the Purebred Beef Unit and the Beef Stocker Unit discussing many topics, including:
• Factors Influencing Sale Price of Calves — Odde, K-State teaching associate professor Karol Fike and doctoral student Esther McCabe will discuss recently investigated regional effects on the value of calf health programs, age and source verification, trucking distance, and “natural” beef programs.
• Update on Insemination Timing with Sexed Semen, Split-Time AI and Embryonic Loss — K-State Research and Extension beef specialist Sandy Johnson and K-State professor David Grieger will give an overview of timed artificial insemination protocols for conventional and sexed semen. The session includes an update on split-time AI protocols with costs and benefits for cows and heifers.
• Current Changes in the Mexican Meat Industry and the Impact of Mexico’s New Beef Quality Grading System — Francisco Najar-Villarreal, a doctoral candidate in meat science, will discuss the implementation of a recently-approved Mexican beef quality grading program and how this system may potentially change some of the market channels used during the last decade in Mexico. The potential impact of these changes on the United States will also be discussed.
• Where Ruminant Digestion Begins — K-State Veterinary Health Center staff will utilize cannulated cows to discuss educational components regarding transfaunation fluid, calf scours and Hardware disease.
• Forage Sampling and Analysis 101 — K-State Research and Extension beef specialist Justin Waggoner will provide a hands-on session covering how to sample different types of forage and understand the basic components of a forage analysis.
• Beef Stocker Unit Tour — Explore the Beef Stocker Unit, a facility devoted to management research with receiving, backgrounding and grazing cattle.
The 43rd Annual Legacy Bull and Female Sale begins at 4 p.m. at the Stanley Stout Center, 2200 Denison Ave. To learn more about this year’s offering and to request a sale catalog, visit asi.ksu.edu/legacysale.
Patsy Houghton will be honored March 5 as the Stockman of the Year during the 50th Annual Stockmen’s Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. A separate registration is required for the dinner. Information can be found online at asi.ksu.edu/stockmensdinner or by calling (785) 532-1267.