Ebert Ranch/Ahlquist Farms To Host KLA/K-State Field Day

August 9, 2022

(TOPEKA) – Educational sessions for the August 23 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA)/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day near Tescott will focus on bovine anaplasmosis, how to mitigate the rising cost of production and understanding the value of artificial insemination. The event will be held on the Ebert Ranch/Ahlquist Farms, which is owned and managed by the Frank and Linda Ahlquist, Jon Ahlquist and Levi and Jessica Ebert families.

Ebert Ranch/Ahlquist Farms is a fourth-generation cow-calf operation and farming enterprise. The ranch consists of a SimAngus-based spring-calving commercial cowherd. Cows initially are bred using embryo transfer, then placed with a clean-up sire. The cows graze primarily on native pasture throughout the year, but are brought home to graze cover crops in the fall and winter prior to calving. In 2018, the Eberts brought brush goats onto the operation to focus on pasture management year round. The Eberts also raise wheat, milo, sorghum and soybeans as cash crops.

Kathryn Reif, assistant professor at K-State, will be on hand to provide an overview of bovine anaplasmosis in Kansas, how the disease impacts cattle health and strategies to reduce disease-associated economic losses. 

The difficulties of balancing the tightrope between nutrition and reproduction in the face of rising costs will be the topic of another session. Sandy Johnson, K-State professor and extension specialist, will discuss how feed costs, reproductive performance, calf weaning weight and breakeven prices all interact. 

To round out the program, Dave Grieger, assistant professor at K-State, will focus his session on the commercial cow-calf sector and how producers in that segment can determine whether they are receiving a sufficient return on investment by implementing AI into their breeding program.   

The field day at Ebert Ranch/Ahlquist Farms 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, drive half a mile west of Tescott on Hwy 18. Turn north (right) on 20th Road and go 1 ½ miles. The pasture entrance is on the west (right) side of the road. “Field Day” directional signs will be posted near the site. 

The final field day in the 2022 series will be held August 25 at Burgess Land & Cattle near Westmoreland. All the field days are sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Huvepharma.              

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.