K-State ranching conference planned for Aug. 6

Kansas State University will hold a conference on ranching Aug. 6 at its campus in Manhattan.

The 2013 Beef Conference –Strategic Cow Herd Management: Surviving and Rebuilding after Persistent Drought – will begin at 8:30 am. at Frick Auditorium at K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

For those who are unable to travel to Manhattan, the conference will be webcast to sites in Oakley, Pratt and Parsons.

Dave Lalman, extension beef cattle specialist with Oklahoma State University will give the keynote address: “Addressing Cow Herd Efficiency in a World of Mixed Message for Producers: Matching Production Levels to Environmental Conditions.”

Other topics will include enhancing the value of low quality roughage, confinement feeding of cows, management of early weaned calves, pasture, rangeland, forage and livestock risk protection, and income tax implications following livestock liquidation. Other topics include control of trichomoniasis in beef herds, impending regulations of livestock antibiotics.

The cost is $60 per person or $100 for two or more from the same operation. The early registration deadline is July 30. More information on registration and the webcasts can be found at or by calling 785-532-1280.