(TOPEKA) – Mushrush Ranches will host the August 10 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA)/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day at their ranch near Strong City. Educational sessions during the field day will cover a variety of topics, with much of the afternoon being spent touring parts of the operation.
Joe Mushrush will kick off the event with a discussion on transition planning, including steps the family is taking to prepare for future generations. He will highlight where they currently are in the process and what challenges they have faced thus far.
Also on the program will be a deep dive into Vence, a virtual fencing system the ranch has utilized as part of a joint study with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), National Park Service, Kansas State University, Colorado State University and other local agencies. Cole Mushrush and TNC Flint Hills Initiative Manager Tony Capizzo will discuss the benefits, difficulties and purpose behind their effort to utilize the technology.
Finally, Chris Mushrush will outline the process of converting cropland into stockpiled forage for the operation to utilize during the winter months. He will lead participants on a tour of the converted cropland and discuss the process and decision-making behind pursuing the practice.
The Chase County field day will begin with registration at 3:30 p.m. and will conclude with a free beef dinner at 7:00 p.m. All livestock producers and others involved in the business are invited to attend.
To get to the field day location from Emporia, go west on US-50 for 21 miles. Turn north (right) onto North Road, then travel 1 ¼ miles to the destination. If coming from Council Grove, travel south on KS-177 for 19 ¼ miles. Turn west (right) onto US-50 and travel 3 ½ miles to North Road. Turn north (right) onto North Road, then travel 1 ¼ miles to the destination. Field day directional signs will be posted.
Carpenter Cattle Company near Brewster will host the August 17 field day. The Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Huvepharma are sponsoring both events. 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 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.