K-State Research and Extension News
December 17, 2013
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K-State’s Winter Ranch Management Series Takes New Approach

The seminar series, hosted in early 2014, will allow producers to ask questions of their local, district and state extension specialists.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A two-way verbal exchange between Kansas’ cattle producers and extension specialists is the new approach to K-State’s 2014 Winter Ranch Management Seminar Series, set to kick-off in January and conclude mid-February.

The series has a history of being a successful stretch of meetings, which are hosted throughout the state of Kansas, said Bob Weaber, beef breeding, genetics and cow/calf specialist for K-State Research and Extension. Unlike previous years where the program has had a Web-based delivery for part of the content, originating on campus or at a particular ranch, this year the specialists will deliver the series in a face-to-face “town hall” meeting format.

Weaber, along with other state, district and local extension staff, will take part in the series to help answer producers’ questions about beef cattle issues surrounding animal health, nutrition, management, genetics and reproduction.

“Because of the wide range of topics and variety of climatic conditions over the past year in Kansas, there are many different issues facing producers,” Weaber said. “This is a great opportunity for us as state specialists to take our expertise out in the country and do a series of ‘town hall’ format meetings, where we don’t have a specific agenda. We want to be responsive to the questions and needs of our producer clientele.”

Weaber said producers should come to the meetings prepared with questions. Some of the hot topics he foresees discussing include drought management and recovery, winter feeding and cow management, preparation for calving season, and, as the bull buying season approaches in the spring, new trichomoniasis regulations (http://www.asi.k-state.edu/species/beef/research-and-extension/finaltrichrules.pdf), bull selection and genetics issues.

Although most of the questions will probably focus on winter issues, Weaber said extension staff is open to questions regarding producers’ plans next year for breeding, calving and weaning.

“January is always a great time for producers, when the weather is bad and after they get chores done, to sit back, think and plan for the coming year, the calves that will be born in the spring and how they might manage those,” he said. “Certainly think about business strategy opportunities moving forward in terms of expansion.”

2014 Winter Ranch Management locations and contacts include:


Date: Tuesday, Jan. 14, evening

Location: Lighthouse Presbyterian Church, 1402 E. 303rd St., Paola, KS

Rick Miller, Johnson County, 913-715-7000

Cody Sloan, Miami County, 913-294-4306

Abbie Powell, Linn County, 913-795-2829

Maple Hill

Date: Thursday, Jan. 16, evening

Location: Maple Hill Senior Center, 218 Main St., Maple Hill, KS

Austin Sexten, Pottawatomie County, 785-457-3319

Kara Mayer, Wabaunsee County, 785-765-3821


Date: Tuesday, Jan. 21, noon

Location: Eureka Livestock Sales, 510 N. Jefferson St., Eureka, KS

Anna Curry, Greenwood County, 620-583-7455

Richard Fechter, Rolling Prairie District, 620-374-2174


Date: Tuesday, Jan. 21, evening

Location: Ag Choice, 113 W. 4th St., Hepler, KS

Delta George, Southwind District, 620-223-3720

Keith Martin, Wildcat District, 620-784-5337


Date: Thursday, Jan. 23, evening

Location: Memorial Hall, 500 Morgan Ave., Downs, KS

Neil Cates, Post Rock District, 785-738-3597

Rachael Boyle, Phillips-Rooks District, 785-425-6851


Date: Tuesday, Jan. 28, noon

Location: 4-H Building, 1100 Cedar St., Colby, KS

Kurt Sexton, Thomas County, 785-460-4582

Ness City

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 28, evening

Location: Comm. Bank of Midwest, 210 S. Kansas, Ness City, KS

Jared Petersilie, Walnut Creek District, 785-222-2710


Date: Wednesday, Jan. 29, evening

Location: Sedgwick County Extension Center, 7001 W. 21st St. North, Wichita, KS

Cody Barilla, Reno County, 620-662-2371

Zach Simon, Sedgwick County, 316-660-0100 ext. 0153


Date: Thursday, Jan. 30, evening

Location: Kiowa County Fair Building, Greensburg, KS

Barrett Smith, Kiowa County, 620-723-2156

Cottonwood Falls

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11, noon

Location: Community Building, Swope Park, Cottonwood Falls, KS

Mike Holder, Flint Hills District, 620-273-6491

Lori Bammerlin, Flint Hills District, 620-767-5136

Brian Rees, Lyon County, 620-341-3220


Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12, evening

Location: Cloud County Community College, 2221 Campus Dr., Concordia, KS

Robin Reid, River Valley District, 785-325-2121

Anthony Ruiz, Central Kansas District, 785-392-2147

Meeting times may vary by location. Evening events with start at approximately 5 p.m. with registration, dinner at 6 p.m. and program 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mid-day meetings will begin with registration at approximately 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and program 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to RSVP for a selected location by the close of business the Friday before the event. Registration fees, which cover a meal, vary by location. Interested participants should reach out to their local host contact for registration and RSVP details.

More information about the K-State Winter Ranch Management Seminar Series is available at www.ksubeef.org.


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: Katie Allen
K-State Research & Extension News

Bob Weaber – bweaber@ksu.edu or 785-532-1460