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Extension to host livestock programs


As fieldwork comes to an end this fall and calving next spring has not yet begun, there is no better time than now to attend a K-State Research and Extension program. This winter the River Valley Extension District has a great line-up of seminars, workshops, and schools to provide education on a wide variety of topics of interest to agricultural producers.

The first program will be "Cost Saving Tips for Winter Cattle Feeding" offered on Dec. 13 at the American Legion in Linn, Kan. Dale Blasi, K-State beef specialist, will be presenting information on balancing cattle rations with non-traditional feedstuffs, working with high-nitrate forages, the use of Rumensin for increasing efficiency, and much more. The program will start with registration 5:15 p.m. and include a dinner sponsored by United Farmers Cooperative. Please pre-register by Dec. 10.

The K-State Winter Ranch Management Seminar is held annually by broadcasting speakers to multiple locations across Kansas at the same time. This year it will be held Jan. 8, 2013, with nine different locations, the closest ones to RVED being held at the Manhattan campus and the Astra Bank in Belleville, Kan. This year's topics will be Protection and Restoration of Forage and Range Resources, Donnel Brown with the Ranch Spotlight, Rick Funston with Heifer Development and Fetal Programming, and Tips and Tools to Reach your Management Goals. The program will start at 4:30 p.m. and run through 8:30 p.m., including dinner. Please RSVP to your local Extension office by Jan. 2, 2013, or go to to register.

Developing lease arrangements on pasture or cropland can be difficult, especially in today's unpredictable markets and weather. Workshops will be offered on Jan. 15, 2013, at the American Legion in Concordia from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Jan. 16 at the Kloppenberg Center in Hanover from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Surveys were sent out to two landowners/tenants in each township of the River Valley Extension District to capture information on rental arrangements and current rental rates. The results of these surveys will be presented at the workshops along with information on Kansas lease law and developing equitable leases. There is no need to pre-register for these workshops. Refreshments will be provided.

As the spring bull-buying season approaches, make sure you are ready to make the best genetic decisions for your operation. With Expected Progeny Differences on so many characteristics, how do you know what is most important for your operation? What are selection indexes and genomically enhanced EPDs? On Jan. 23, 2013, there will be an EPD and Genetics School held at the Clay Center 4-H Building to answer these questions and give cattle producers new information on how to evaluate the genetics of their herd relative to their operational goals. Bob Weaber, K-State's cow/calf specialist, will be presenting starting at 4:45 pm. Please RSVP by Jan. 18.

The Kansas Annie's Project (Women in Agriculture) will be hosted in Washington County this year. This program's mission is "to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information." Annie's Project is a 6-week series of classes, with topics of True Colors personality profile, Understanding Financial Statements and Financial Management, FSA/NRCS programs, Keeping Farm Records, Agricultural Marketing, Developing Equitable Leases, and Farm Succession Planning. The classes will be held on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 5. Locations will rotate throughout Washington County. Space is limited so reserve your place early.

More information or to RSVP for any of these programs please call or visit any River Valley Extension District office (Washington, Clay Center, Concordia, or Belleville). Information can also be found on the RVED website at

Date: 12/10/2012


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