K-State Beef Conference Manages Transition

US - The 2011 Kansas State University Beef Conference is planned for Tuesday, August 16, with a full lineup of speakers who will address “Managing in a Transitioning Industry.”
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“The beef industry has encountered so many changes recently,” said Larry Hollis, veterinarian with K-State Research and Extension.

“Volatile beef and cattle prices, new research findings, and high fuel and other input costs mean producers are always looking for ways to keep up with the most recent information, so they can run their businesses as efficiently as possible. Our goal with the K-State Beef Conference is to address the most relevant topics every year.”

The program begins at 9 am and ends at 5 pm and includes both refreshments and lunch. If unable to travel to Manhattan, beef producers and others interested in participating can attend via webcasts, hosted by Butler County Community College, Pratt County Fairgrounds and the Wakeeney Public Library.

On K-State’s Manhattan campus, this year’s conference will be in a different location than in years past -- 123 Weber Hall.

Presentation topics and presenters at the conference will include:

The New Reality: Volatility Factors and the Cattle Cycle – K-State agricultural economist Glynn Tonsor;

Ranch Management in Volatile Times – Justin Waggoner, K-State animal scientist;

Does High Input Always Mean High Output? – Bob Weaber, K-State animal scientist;

Adapting to Change at the Ranch Level –Virgil Huseman, Ellsworth stockman;

Anthelmintic Resistance in Beef Cattle – Joe Dedrickson for Merial;

Implant strategies for forage-based programs – Chris Reinhardt, K-State animal scientist;

Sell Cows, Build Herds, or Get Out? – Kevin Dhuyvetter, K-State agricultural economist; and

Emerging Social Ethics for Animals and the Beef Industry – Bernie Rollin, Colorado State University.

Sponsors for the 2011 K-State Beef Conference are animal health company Merial, as well as K-State Research and Extension.

The fee to attend is $60 per person or $100 for two or more from the same operation. More information, including how to register for the webcasts or for in-person attendance, is available on the web (http://www.asi.ksu.edu/p.aspx?tabindex=339&tabid=223) or by phone (785-532-1280).

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