Kansas State University´s Cattlemen´s Day 2008 is set for March 7 in Weber Hall on the University´s Manhattan campus.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. in Weber Arena with a commercial trade show and educational exhibits. A program with featured speakers and breakout sessions will start at 10 a.m.

Several guest and university speakers will be program highlights, including world-renowned animal behavior specialist Temple Grandin, who will present "Animal Welfare From the Consumer Perspective." Grandin is an associate professor at Colorado State University.

Early registration for the event is $15 per person by Feb. 29. After that date and at the door, the fee is $25 per person. The registration includes both refreshments and a lunch.

Other program topics and speakers will include:

  • Beef and the Consumer: Past, Present, and the Future - Dell Allen, vice president of technical services and food safety for Cargill Meat Solutions (retired);
  • DNA Marker-Assisted Selection - Dan Moser, K-State associate professor, beef genetics;
  • Cashing in on Ethanol Co-Products for Cow-Calf and Stocker Cattle Operations - Twig Marston, K-State Research and Extension cow-calf specialist;
  • Pre-conditioning for Optimum Cattle Performance and Carcass Value - K.C. Olson, associate professor of cow-calf nutrition;
  • Fertility Assessment in Bulls and Strategies for Improvement - John Jaeger, assistant professor, K-State Agricultural Research Center - Hays;
  • Controlling Brush and Sericea Lespedeza in Native Pastures - Karl Harborth, K-State Research and Extension specialist, southeast area;
  • Value-Added Beef Processing Technologies - Terry Houser, assistant professor of meat processing, meat selection and grading; and
  • Biofuels Expansion, $100 Crude, and a Weak U.S. Dollar: Implications for the U.S. Beef Industry - Ted Schroeder and James Mintert, professors of agricultural economics.

The day will end with the 3:30 p.m. K-State Legacy Bull Sale at the university´s Purebred Beef Unit.

More information is available by checking the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry Web site at http://www.asi.ksu.edu (click on Cattlemen´s Day on the right side) or by calling 785-532-1281.