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YSA tours beef, dairy industries

The third installment of the Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockmen’s Academy was held recently. The group of young producers spent three days touring various segments of the beef and dairy industries in western Kansas. Merck Animal Health is the exclusive sponsor of the YSA program.

Stops were made at Collinge Cattle Company near Hamilton and Dalebanks Angus at Eureka. Mike and Glen Collinge visited with the group about the benefits of using low-stress cattle handling in their stocker operation and explained how burning and proper grazing management helps preserve the native grass of the Flint Hills. Matt and Tom Perrier, owners of Dalebanks Angus, gave an inside look into the breeding program used on their seedstock operation. Most cows are artificially inseminated for 25 days and then herd bulls are turned out for another 25 to 60 days. The Perrier family strives to produce balanced-trait beef genetics for progressive commercial and registered cowherds in the region.

During a tour of the milking parlor at Forget-Me-Not Farms, Cimarron, manager TJ Curtis told the YSA class the dairy facility produces 12 truckloads of milk per day. Each truck holds about 6,250 pounds of milk. Lee Reeve highlighted various aspects of his business, which includes a feedyard and ethanol plant, during a stop at Reeve Cattle Company near Garden City. Wet distillers grain, a by-product of ethanol production, makes up 16 percent to 17 percent DMB of the feed ration for cattle in the feedyard.

The group also visited the Winter Livestock auction market in Dodge City, participated in a Beef Quality Assurance injection site demonstration and was hosted by U.S. Premium Beef Vice President of Field Operations Brian Bertelsen for a tour of the National Beef Packing Plant in Dodge City.

Date: 10/14/2013

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