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February 17, 2014
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Pre-Breeding Heifer Meeting Set for Feb. 25, Hosted by Sunflower Supreme Program


Dinner and meeting are planned for beef producers in SE Kansas.

ERIE, Kan. -- Expansion efforts are on the minds of many cow-calf producers who have decreased herd sizes in the past couple of years due to poor weather conditions.

With many producers having to liquidate some of their herd, total cattle inventory is the lowest it has been since the 1950s, said Jaymelynn Farney, southeast area beef specialist with K-State Research andExtension. One step to increase herd expansion is by providing best management techniques for breeding success of replacement heifers.

To help producers with management practices that can improve breeding success and genetic selection, an evening producer meeting will be held in Erie, Kan. on Feb. 25. The meeting will be held at the Function Junction (next to R&F Farm Supply, South of Erie on Hwy 75) beginning at 6 p.m. with dinner and a presentation at 6:30 p.m. 

Kansas State University professionals, including Bob Larson, professor and Coleman Chair of Food Animal Production Medicine with K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will speak. Larson will discuss pre-breeding exams for bulls and heifers. His emphasis will be to help producers make management decisions to get a greater number of heifers bred successfully.

One area of focus in Bob Weaber’s work as a cow-calf specialist with K-State Research and Extension is genetics. Weaber will discuss expected progeny differences and ways to adapt EPDs for success within a beef operation.

Sandy Johnson, northwest area livestock specialist with K-State Research and Extension will discuss optimizing artificial insemination and estrus synchronization programs. Johnson is a livestock reproductive specialist and will be available for discussions on the topic.

The program is sponsored by the Sunflower Supreme Replacement heifer program, a joint effort between K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Agriculture to provide research-based best management protocols for beef cattle producers. If interested in attending, RSVP to Farney at (620) 421-4826(620) 421-4826 ext .17 or jkj@ksu.edu by Friday, Feb. 21. More information is available on the Sunflower Supreme website.

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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: Jaymelynn Farney
jkj@ksu.edu
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Jaymelynn Farney – 620-421-4826 Ext. 17 or jkj@ksu.edu