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September meetings provide opportunities to beef cattle ranchers

The next Sunflower Supreme class begins this fall

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas producers looking to add value to their beef cattle herds are finding success in the Sunflower Supreme program. A trio of meetings on Sept. 12 will provide ranchers with all the information they need to meet the Oct. 1 enrollment deadline for fall-calving heifers.


Sunflower Supreme is a joint effort between K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The program aims to provide research-based management protocols to beef cattle producers with the goal of increasing the value of those animals. Whether Sunflower Supreme animals are sold or kept in the herd, producers should realize a number of benefits, said Jaymelynn Farney, director of the program.


“Just one area where we’ve documented a positive impact is in calving problems,” said Farney. “The national average for heifers encountering calving problems is 14 percent — but for Sunflower Supreme heifers, that rate is down to around 10 percent.”


Producers enrolled in the program will join forces with their local county extension agent, their veterinarian and others in implementing specific protocols that address factors such as vaccination and health, reproductive management and sire selection.


The enrollment deadline for fall-calving heifers is Oct. 1; the enrollment deadline for spring-calving heifers is Feb. 1.

Three meetings are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, in the following locations:

9:30-11 a.m. at the First State Bank basement meeting room, 120 W. Mill St., Plainville; contact Rachael Boyle 785-425-6851 or

1-2:30 p.m. at the Phillips County Annex meeting room, 784 Sixth St., Phillipsburg; contact Rachael Boyle 785-425-6851 or

6:30-8 p.m. at the American Ag meeting room, 925 West. Magnolia Road, Salina (right beside Menard’s of I-135); contact Anthony N. Ruiz 785-392-2147 or

“Specialists will share with producers how they can enhance their operation through participation, and inform sellers on the value and assurance they purchase in the sale ring,” said Anthony Ruiz, agriculture and livestock agent for K-State Research and Extension’s Central District. “There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are appreciated.”

More detailed information can be found on the Sunflower Supreme website.

Editor’s Note: This article by Randall Kowalik is provided by K-State Research and Extension.