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Marshall, Peel Highlight Cattlemen's Day March 6
Kansas Ag Connection - 02/11/2020

Kansas State University's Department of Animal Sciences and Industry will host the 107th annual Cattlemen's Day on March 6 in Weber Hall.

Lorna Marshall, the vice president of beef programs for Ohio-based Select Sires, Inc., will speak at 10 a.m. on genetic and reproductive trends in the global beef industry. Then, Derrell Peel, an extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, will discuss opportunities for the beef industry in global meat markets.

"We are excited to host Cattlemen's Day," said Ken Odde, professor and Cattlemen's Day co-chair. "Our annual program strives to address key issues and to provide current information that keeps our industry efficient and relevant. This year's main program speakers (Marshall and Peel) will challenge attendees to think outside the box as they address global protein supplies, trade, reproductive and genetic technologies and their effects on the U.S. beef industry."

The day starts at 8 a.m. with refreshments, educational exhibits and a commercial trade show. "This year we have more than 75 participants signed up for our allied industry trade show," Odde said. "The trade show provides a forum for the attendees to observe what's new in the beef industry and network with key industry leaders."

The cost to attend Cattlemen's Day is $25 if paid by February 28 at noon, or $35 at the door. There is no charge for students who pre-register. For more information and online registration, visit, or contact Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or

U.S. Premium Beef and commercial exhibitors will sponsor lunch, featuring smoked brisket and Cajun-spiced catfish. The afternoon sessions will feature K-State faculty and industry presentations in Weber Hall, the Purebred Beef Unit and the Beef Stocker Unit discussing many topics, including:

- Factors Influencing Sale Price of Calves -- Odde, K-State teaching associate professor Karol Fike and doctoral student Esther McCabe will discuss recently investigated regional effects on the value of calf health programs, age and source verification, trucking distance, and "natural" beef programs.

- Update on Insemination Timing with Sexed Semen, Split-Time AI and Embryonic Loss -- K-State Research and Extension beef specialist Sandy Johnson and K-State professor David Grieger will give an overview of timed artificial insemination protocols for conventional and sexed semen. The session includes an update on split-time AI protocols with costs and benefits for cows and heifers.

- Current Changes in the Mexican Meat Industry and the Impact of Mexico's New Beef Quality Grading System -- Francisco Najar-Villarreal, a doctoral candidate in meat science, will discuss the implementation of a recently-approved Mexican beef quality grading program and how this system may potentially change some of the market channels used during the last decade in Mexico. The potential impact of these changes on the United States will also be discussed.

- Calving School: Tools, Time Frames, Intervention Tips -- K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff will outline overall calving management, including stages of the normal calving process and tips to handle difficult calving situations.

- Where Ruminant Digestion Begins -- K-State Veterinary Health Center staff will utilize cannulated cows to discuss educational components regarding transfaunation fluid, calf scours and Hardware disease.

- Forage Sampling and Analysis 101 -- K-State Research and Extension beef specialist Justin Waggoner will provide a hands-on session covering how to sample different types of forage and understand the basic components of a forage analysis.

- Beef Stocker Unit Tour -- Explore the Beef Stocker Unit, a facility devoted to management research with receiving, backgrounding and grazing cattle.

The 43rd Annual Legacy Bull and Female Sale will begin at 4 p.m. at the Stanley Stout Center (2200 Denison Avenue). To learn more about this year's offering and to request a sale catalog, visit

On March 5, Patsy Houghton will be honored as the Stockman of the Year during the 50th Annual Stockmen's Dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. A separate registration is required for the dinner. Information can be found online at or by calling 785-532-1267.

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