Thursday, Oct. 2 has been set for Kansas State University´s Beef Stocker Field Day 2008.

The event, designed to give producers the latest practical information to help them adapt to recent significant changes in the beef industry, starts with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the program beginning at 10:15 a.m. at K-State´s Beef Stocker Unit. The unit is just west of Manhattan on west Marlatt Ave.

Wes Ishmael, of BEEF Magazine, will give a presentation on "Key Findings From the National Stocker Survey" and Denny Hausmann of Alpharma Animal Health will speak on "Current Concepts in Medicated Feed Additives."

K-State researchers and extension specialists will give presentations on numerous topics, including:

  • New Realities of Conducting Business in the Stocker Segment;
  • What is the Importance of Temperature When Diagnosing Sickness;
  • Making Rational Choices for Stocker Therapy;
  • Use of Byproducts for Exploiting Efficient Performance;
  • What are the Implications of Heavier Cattle Being Fed for Shorter Days;
  • A Visual Tour of the Progression of Pneumonia;
  • Proper Injection Considerations for the Assurance of Quality Beef; and
  • How Much Do Cutting Bulls Really Cost?

The early registration fee is $25 if paid by Sept. 15, and includes a barbecue brisket lunch and numerous presentations. A Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, including Dutch Oven Cowboy Cuisine and Pitchfork Fondue, compliments of Moly Manufacturing, will close out the day. Information will be available regarding ultrasound applications for earlier detection of quality cattle; the latest innovation in data collection and scale head technology; and cattle handling facilities.

More information and registration forms are available by contacting Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or lschrein@ksu.edu and on K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry website.