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K-State Beef Conference coming to Melvern; RSVP requested

Frontier Extension District and Coffey County Extension will host one of four K-State Beef Conferences on Aug. 11, 2015, at the Melvern Community Center, Melvern, Kan.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the program at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will conclude after lunch at 1 p.m.

This year’s conference theme is “Improved Management, Improved Nutrition, Improved Profits.” When profits from cattle are slim, producers look for ways to reduce costs and improve their returns. However, when times are good we need to look for those things as well. Making changes now with higher prices may allow us to put more money back for when times are not as good.

“The idea of continuous improvement is an important management principle beef producers should employ, even when the cow-calf sector is profitable,” said Bob Weaber, cow-calf specialist for K-State Research and Extension and one of the conference presenters. “Profitable times are good ones for managers to evaluate their operation and deploy new profit-improving practices, recognizing at some point ahead we’ll experience leaner times.”

Rich Porter, of Porter Cattle Company, Reading, Kan., will give the keynote address. He will discuss building successful personal and professional relationships. Joining Porter at this year’s conference will be speakers from K-State Research and Extension, including Justin Waggoner, beef systems specialist, and Chris Reinhardt, feedlot specialist. Waggoner will discuss low-stress cattle handling principles and techniques. Reinhardt will present information on the benefits of a year-round mineral supplementation strategy. He will cover motivations for supplementation, practical feeding advice and cost containment methods.

A town hall style question-and-answer session will follow lunch and all presenters will be on hand to answer producer questions. Producers are encouraged to bring their questions for the panel of speakers.

The Melvern Community Center is at 102 NE Main, Melvern. The meeting and meal are free to the attendees due to the sponsors.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Aug. 5, to Rod Schaub at 785-828-4438 or Darl Henson at 620-364-5313 for meal planning.

This year the K-State Beef Conference will be held at four sites around the state, including Melvern, Salina, Pratt and Seneca. The Melvern site will be the closest for producers in southeast and east central Kansas.

Information thanks to Frontier Extension District.

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