(TOPEKA) – Program highlights for the August 19 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA)/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day at Sterling will include discussions on building a rotational grazing system, establishing a successful vaccination program and the various issues the cattle industry is facing. The event will be hosted by Roth Farm and Ranch, which is owned and operated by Norman Roth, his wife, Cindy, and their two children, Cami and Colton. Roth Farm and Ranch is a fifth-generation commercial cow-calf and farming operation in Reno County.
The Roth family utilizes rotational grazing to help maintain their cowherd throughout the year. They will highlight how their system works and provide a tour. In addition, David Kraft, retired Natural Resources Conservation Service state rangeland management specialist, will talk through the benefits and challenges of implementing a rotational grazing program and how it can be used across a variety of environments.
Kansas State University extension veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff will be on hand to discuss the importance of a proper vaccination program to the success of a cowherd. Since there is no one-size-fits-all protocol, Tarpoff will provide different options that can be adjusted to fit the needs of any ranching operation.
To round out the program, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Jerry Bohn, a farmer and feeder from Pratt, will give an update on industry issues being discussed in Washington, D.C., including cattle marketing and tax policy.
The field day at Roth Farm and 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 Sterling, head south on Highway 14 for 3 miles, then turn west (right) onto 101st Street for a mile and a half. Next, follow the curve south (left) onto N Peace Road for half a mile, then follow the curve west (right) onto W 95th Avenue for 1 mile. Turn south (left) onto N Sterling Road for 9 miles. Lastly, turn west (right) onto W Blanchard Ave. and travel for a mile and a half. The tent will be set up on the north (right) side of the road. 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 17 at the Deseret Ranches’ “Kuhn Ranch” near Satanta and August 24 at Gun Barrel 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.