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K-State Beef Stocker Field Day scheduled for September 21

Presentations include utilizing cover crops, stocking strategies, and the beef cattle outlook

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The beef cattle outlook, early stocking strategies for optimized marketing and a panel discussion on how cover crops have helped producers improve their operations are among topics planned for the 2017 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The day is designed to provide the latest practical information for producers to aid decision-making in the current dynamic beef industry environment.

“There will be applied information presented that attendees can apply to their operation,” said Dale Blasi, K-State Animal Sciences and Industry professor and extension specialist.

Hosted at the K-State Beef Stocker Unit (4330 Marlatt Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas), the event starts with registration and coffee at 9:30 a.m. and the program at 10:15 a.m. A barbecue lunch is provided and the day ends with an evening social, the “Cutting Bull’s Lament 2017” at 5:30 p.m.

Topics on this year’s agenda include:

Beef Cattle Outlook

Producer Panel: Implementing Cover Crops: How They Have Helped My Operation

Setting Up Calves for Success This Fall

A Different Intensive Early Stocking Strategy for Optimized Marketing Opportunities

Proper Dosing at the Chute

Why Vaccines Sometimes “Seem” to Fail

Stocker and Backgrounding Budgets

Cover Crop Decision Tool

The pre-registration fee for the Beef Stocker Field Day is $25 if paid by Sept. 15. More information and online registration is available at After Sept. 15, attendees must pay at the event.

For more information, contact Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or

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