Burgess Land & Cattle To Host KLA/K-State Ranch Field Day

August 15, 2022

(TOPEKA) – Burgess Land & Cattle will host the final 2022 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA)/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day August 25 near Westmoreland. The ranch has a long-standing history in Pottawatomie County. The Burgesses run a fall-calving commercial cowherd consisting of primarily Angus-based genetics. They retain some replacement heifers and place the remaining calves into the family’s backgrounding yard. The Burgesses also purchase and background calves from various states, primarily in the Midwest. In addition to the cattle operation, the Burgess family harvests corn, soybeans, hay and silage. 

To kick off the educational program, Glynn Tonsor, a professor in the K-State Agricultural Economics Department, will review multiple sources of beef demand information that are maintained at K-State, highlighting how producers can regularly obtain the latest data. He then will provide an overview of recent demand patterns, focusing on the impact of ongoing inflation on domestic beef demand. 

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 wrap up the program, Wabaunsee County ranchers Barb Downey and Joe Carpenter will highlight several feed and forage management practices they utilize on Downey Ranch, Inc., including their brome bale grazing project and how it has evolved over the past several years. In addition, they will discuss other stewardship efforts they have put in place to conserve land and natural resources.             

The August 25 field day will begin with registration at 3:00 p.m. and conclude with 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 field day, travel north out of Wamego on KS 99 N for 4 ½ miles. Take a slight turn east (right) onto Wheaton Road, then travel 5 ¾ miles to Pauling Run Road. Turn east (right) onto Pauling Run Road and travel 1 mile to Adams Creek Road. Turn south (right) onto Adams Creek Road and travel half a mile. Burgess Land & Cattle will be located on the west (right) side of the road. “Field Day” directional signs will be posted near the event. The field day host has indicated to not use Boxelder Road. 

The Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Huvepharma are sponsoring all three field days in the 2022 series. For more information, go to www.kla.org or call the KLA office at (785) 273-5115.              

KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of independent livestock producers at the state and national levels. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep.