(TOPEKA) – Deseret Ranches’ “Kuhn Ranch” will be the site of the August 17 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA)/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day. Located near Satanta on the Haskell/Finney county line, the ranch consists of both a commercial cow-calf herd and a stocker operation.
Since purchasing the ranch, Deseret has transitioned numerous irrigated acres from crop production to warm- and cool-season grasses for stocker cattle to graze prior to being finished at Deseret Cattle Feeders, which neighbors the ranch. Centralized between the irrigation circles are corrals and water tanks. The tanks are strategically located in pens to entice the cattle to pass through at least daily to drink. This allows staff to easily monitor and proactively treat animals when needed. Field day attendees will take a pasture tour and hear from General Manager Armando Caballero and Cattle Area Manager Seth Anderson about how this system works.
Former Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Biologist Mark Sexson will be on the program to discuss restoring native grassland, focusing specifically on the Sand Sage Prairie. Although there has been little to no publicized data on effective methods of reestablishing this native prairie, Sexson understands the need for it to thrive and will highlight the 10-plus years of research he has conducted to successfully restore these grasslands.
CattleFax Market Analyst Tanner Aherin will round out the educational sessions with a market outlook. Within the past couple of years there has been immense market fluctuation in every sector of the cattle industry and, in more recent months, commodity prices have skyrocketed. Aherin will discuss current market trends, including long-term weather forecasts, and provide an in-depth outlook for supplies, pricing trends and profit opportunities.
The field day at Kuhn Ranch will begin with registration at 3:00 p.m. and include a free beef dinner at 6:30 p.m. All livestock producers and others involved in the business are invited to attend.
To get to the event site from Sublette, head north on Highway 160 for 14 miles, then turn west (left) onto County Road 50 for 7 miles, then turn north (right) onto County Road FF for 2½ miles, head east (right) at the intersection for half a mile and follow the curve a half mile north (left). The tent will be located on the east side of the road. If coming from Garden City, head south on Highway 83 for 18 miles, then turn west (right) onto County Road 50. From there, follow the directions above. Directional signs will be posted. For exact GPS coordinates or more information, click here.
Other field days in the 2021 series will be held August 19 at Roth Farm and Ranch near Sterling and August 24 at Gunbarrel Ranch southwest of Eskridge. All the field days are sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas.
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.