Oak Springs Ranch to host final KLA/K-State ranch field day
The final KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day will be held Aug. 22 at Oak Springs Ranch near Onaga. Issues facing ranchers and feeders in the nation’s capital and waste management in a drylot operation are two topics that will be highlighted during the event. Oak Springs Ranch is owned and operated by JR and Rosie Bosse. The Bosses specialize in custom backgrounding calves and feeding bulls for area seedstock producers.
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Executive Director of Legislative Affairs Kristina Butts has battled a long list of animal agriculture issues in Washington, D.C. She will provide a timely report on how NCBA is addressing a variety of challenges on behalf of cattle producers, including food safety, nutrition, a new Farm Bill, animal welfare and animal health.
KLA Senior Vice President Rich McKee will talk about managing animal waste in seasonal drylot operations. Many diversified livestock businesses in northeast Kansas include a confined feeding area for wintering cows and/or backgrounding calves. McKee will highlight waste management strategies that can reduce water quality concerns and convert this byproduct to a safe and economical source of fertilizer.
Another topic on the agenda will focus on reducing feed costs. The annual cost of forage for beef cows often can exceed 50 percent of the yearly budget. Pottawatomie County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent Austin Sexten will explain strategies he has studied for stretching forages by reducing waste and adding value to poorer quality feedstuffs. He will present tips on enhancing the value of wheat straw through ammoniation and options for feeding hay that reduce waste.
Natural Resources Conservation Service Rangeland Management Specialist David Kraft will talk about critical grazing and stocking decisions ranchers should consider during extended dry periods. He will address options for grazing land managers and explain why appropriate stocking rates and the length of the grazing season have long-term implications.
Justin Smith, deputy animal health commissioner for the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health, will give an overview of the recently proposed trichomoniasis regulation. The regulation would require testing of bulls changing ownership within the borders of Kansas and new restrictions for importing open cows into the state. He also will update attendees on prevalence of the disease in Kansas.
The Onaga field day will begin with registration at 3 p.m. and conclude with a free beef dinner at 6 p.m. All livestock producers and others involved in the business are invited to attend.
Oak Springs Ranch is located in northeastern Pottawatomie County. From St. Marys, go north on Highway 63 about 17 miles to Fairview Road. Go west on Fairview Road 4 miles to Day Road, then go north Â¼ mile. The Oak Springs Ranch sign and entrance is on the east side of Day Road. From the Highway 16/Day Road intersection in Onaga, go south on Day Road 3 miles to the Oak Springs Ranch sign and entrance. Directional field day signs will be posted.
For more information, go to www.kla.org or call the KLA office at 785-273-5115.
KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of independent beef producers at the state and national levels. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep.