K-State Research and Extension News
April 25, 2014
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K-State Cattle Feeders College Planned for May 22 in Sublette

‘Top Hand’ cattle feeding industry awards will be presented.  

GARDEN CITY, Kan. – Taking the information right to the people who do the work – that’s one way to describe the agenda for the K-State Cattle Feeders College planned for Thursday, May 22. The event, designed for anyone working in the cattle feeding industry, will be held at the Haskell County Commercial Building, 600 S. Fairground Rd. in Sublette, Kan. 

The event kicks off with registration at 5 p.m. and a sponsored dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of the “Top Hand” Cattle Feeding Industry Employee awards.

“We designed Cattle Feeders College to bring continuing education right to the employees who keep our beef industry operating,” said Justin Waggoner, beef systems specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

The evening includes the Industry Perspective session which this year is “Managing of High Risk Cattle: Thinking Outside the Shots!” by Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine, K-State College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Cattle Crew session will cover “Building a Better Stock Horse and Cattle Handling” (live demonstration) by Scott Bagley of Bagley Performance Horses, Dimmitt, Texas.

The Mill and Maintenance Crew session will feature “Feed Mixer Technology” by Mark Cooksey with Roto-Mix LLC in Dodge City Kan. and “Truck Service and Maintenance” by Mark Holderness with Dodge City International, also in Dodge City. 

There is no cost for dinner or to attend the event, thanks to sponsors Merck Animal Health, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, Animal Health International, Roto-Mix, Dodge City International and the K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. However, pre-registration is required by contacting Justin Waggoner at 620-275-9164 or jwaggon@ksu.edu or Lacey Noterman at 620-675-2261 or lnote@ksu.edu. More information is available online at the Southwest Area Office.


Nominations Due by May 16 for ‘Top Hand’ Cattle Feeding Industry Awards

GARDEN CITY, Kan. – A strong work ethic, honesty, reliability, integrity and good animal stewardship are key attributes of top employees working in the cattle feeding industry. Feedlot owners and managers can honor employees who exhibit these traits by nominating them for a “Top Hand” Cattle Feeding Industry Employee award.

Award winners will be recognized at Kansas State University’s Cattle Feeders College on May 22 at the Haskell County Fairgrounds.

Top hands will be recognized in both the cattle and milling/maintenance divisions. A representative of the nominating feedyard and the award recipient must be present to accept the award.

Nominations, due by May 16, should include (in 100 words or less) what makes the individual stand out. Nominations can be submitted by email to Justin Waggoner, K-State extension beef systems specialist at jwaggon@ksu.edu or by mail to 4500 E. Mary St., Garden City, Kan. 67846.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Dr. Justin Waggoner – jwaggon@ksu.edu or 620-275-9164