K-State’s Cattlemen’s Day 2012 Set for March 2

Kansas State University will host its 99th Annual Cattlemen’s Day on Friday, March 2, on the university’s Manhattan campus. The day kicks off at 8 a.m. in Weber Hall with a commercial trade show, educational exhibits and sponsored morning refreshments, with the program beginning at 10 a.m.

Featured presentations and speakers during the morning session include:
• Market Outlook for the Cattle Industry – Glynn Tonsor – K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist.
• Demand for Choice and Prime Beef: The Walmart Effect & Beyond – John Stitka – Certified Angus Beef.
• Dealing with Declining Inventories Amid Excess Feeding and Packing Capacity – Mike Sands – Informa Economics, Inc.

After a sponsored lunch, breakout sessions at 1:15 p.m. will cover several topics, including: Beef Cattle Genomics; Feed and Cattle Market Risk Management for Cow-Calf Producers; Update on Prevalence and Testing for non-0157:H7 STECs (Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli); Preparing Bulls for Semen Collection; and Telltale Signs from Cattle Necropsy: A Real-Time Demonstration.

Breakout sessions beginning at 2:00 p.m. include: Role of Collagen Cross-Links in Beef Tenderness; Cattle Feeding Programs & Fat Profiles of Beef – Implications for Flavor Attributes; Limit Feeding Programs for Cows & Calves as an Alternative to Roughages; Cow and Heifer Synchronization; and Bovine Leukosis.

More information and online registration is available at www.asi.ksu.edu/cattlemensday or by contacting Eve Clark at 785-532-1280 or evec@ksu.edu.

Cattlemen’s Day will be followed K-State’s 35th Annual Legacy Sale at 3:30 p.m. in the university’s Purebred Beef Teaching Center, offering bulls, show heifer prospects, bred females and six registered Quarter horses. More sale information is available at http://asi.ksu.edu/bullsale or contact Ryan Breiner at 785-532-6127.

The annual Stockmen’s Dinner will be held at the Clarion Hotel, honoring the Mushrush Family as Stockmen of the Year. Information is available online at www.found.ksu.edu/lmic or by calling Melissa Geisler at 785-532-7522.