(TOPEKA) – Educational sessions for the August 18 Kansas Livestock Association/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day near Uniontown will include a panel discussion on the utilization of cover crop grazing systems, an outlook on the markets and the geopolitical factors that affect them, optimizing cowherd efficiency and combating ag stress. The event will be hosted by the George family, who own and operate the Bourbon County farming and ranching enterprise known as G-Three Cattle Company.
The panel discussion will kick off the program. Jaymelynn Farney, K-State associate professor and extension specialist, and Jared Pollock and Gale George, both of G-Three Cattle Company, will discuss the management considerations of utilizing annual forages as a grazing source and how to implement and incorporate these systems into an operation.
Market uncertainty continues to impact day-to-day decisions being made by livestock producers. Tanner Ehmke, CoBank manager of knowledge exchange, will share his perspective on market trends and provide an in-depth outlook based on his team’s research at CoBank.
Smaller cattle tend to improve production efficiency and yet, as an industry, the average mature cow size continues to increase. K-State professor and extension specialist Bob Weaber will discuss what criteria should be considered in determining the ideal mature weight for each individual operation.
Kelsey Olson, deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, will provide an update on the resources her team has compiled to assist Kansas farmers and ranchers in managing stress, financial and legal challenges and other issues.
The field day will begin with registration at 3:00 p.m. and include a free beef dinner at 6:45 p.m. All livestock producers and others involved in the business are invited to attend. The event will be set up to ensure proper spacing to accommodate social distancing protocol. Masks will be available and hand sanitizer will be provided to each attendee.
G-Three Cattle Company is located north of Uniontown. From the Kansas Highway 3/U.S. Highway 54 junction, travel east one-half mile, then turn north on 75th Street and travel one mile. The field day site is located on the west side of the road. Directional signs will be posted.
The event is sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Bayer Animal Health. For more information, go to www.kla.org. The educational sessions from both the August 13 and 18 field days will be recorded and posted on the KLA website following the events.
KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of independent beef producers at the state and national levels. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep.