Field Day Scheduled For Today At Emporia Backgrounding Operation

August 15, 2019

Old World bluestem, drone usage in livestock production and a live demonstration of the CattleTrace project will be featured today during the KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day at Moyer Farms, north of Emporia. Jaret and Shawna Moyer will host the event at the farm headquarters, which revolves around a cattle backgrounding facility. 

Beef Cattle Institute Program Manager Cassie Kniebel will be joined by Micro Technologies representative Bryan Rickard for a demonstration of how data is collected on cattle with high-frequency tags. This is the first time CattleTrace will be demonstrated live. 

Lyon County Extension Ag and Natural Resources Agent Brian Rees will discuss issues surrounding Old World bluestem in the Flint Hills. He will provide live samples to assist livestock producers in identifying the plant species. 

Finally, K-State Extension Beef Cattle Management Specialist Dale Blasi will explore the possible economic advantages and concerns associated with drones in livestock production. Additionally, Blasi will cover the basics of drone usage with a short flight demonstration. 

Registration will begin at 3:00 p.m., followed by the educational sessions and a beef dinner at 6:45 p.m. For directions or information, click here

The field day is sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Bayer Animal Health.