The final stop in the 2014 KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day series will take place today (8/20) at Pike Trail Cattle Company near Delphos. Dana and Marcia Hauck founded Pike Trail as a stocker cattle starting and backgrounding yard in northwestern Ottawa County. It currently is undergoing a transition as part of the succession plan between the Haucks and Taner and Leanne Litton, who are operating it as a custom growing and heifer development business. The two couples will talk during a panel discussion about their experiences in the succession process. K-State Extension Farm Management Specialist Gregg Hadley will join the panel to explain why a succession plan is important and provide a list of the basic components it should include.
     Another component of the educational session will focus on how cover crops can benefit livestock producers. Star Seed Area Sales Representative Dale Strickler will provide information on a number of unconventional crops that can help fill the void during times when cool-season and native grass pastures are dormant or unavailable for grazing.
     The Delphos field day will begin at 4:00 p.m. with registration and conclude with a free beef dinner at 6:30 p.m. Directions to Pike Trail are available by clicking here. Bayer Animal Health and the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas are sponsoring the event.

KLA Vice President of Communications Todd Domer says the chief executive officer and executive vice president of the Kansas Livestock Association is stepping aside after 31 years in the position.