Building Better Heifers Topic For Field Days

Building Better Heifers Topic For Field Days

K-State programs in Eureka, Phllipsburg will help producers make decisions on replacement heifers.

Kansas State University will host "Building Better Heifers – Selecting, Growing and Breeding Heifers Using Today's Science" field days on Aug. 28 in Eureka, and Aug. 29 in Phillipsburg.

"Replacement heifer development is a time consuming and expensive process," said Bob Weaber, cow-calf specialist with K-State Research and Extension. "It pays for producers to think holistically about their development program and tailor it to their production environment. Producers should carefully design a breeding program to produce their replacement heifers, then select and manage those females for optimal growth and body condition for breeding and calving."

Building Better Heifers Topic for Field Days

The Aug. 28 field day will be held at Dalebanks Angus at 820 River Rd., Eureka, and the Aug. 29 event at Bar Arrow Cattle Co., 26 E. Limestone Rd., Phillipsburg.

The event at both locations begins with registration at 4 p.m., and the program starting at 4:30 p.m. Presentations and speakers include:

•Heifer development systems– Rick Funston, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
•Reproductive technologies– Sandy Johnson, K-State;
•Proper collection of DNA samples – Kara Wilson, Certified Angus Beef and Tonya Amen, American Angus Association;
•Heifer selection tools – Bob Weaber, K-State;
•Post-breeding nutrition and early pregnancies – Scott Lake, University of Wyoming; and
•Healthy heifers to healthy cows – Dale Grotelueschen, veterinarian, Pfizer Animal Health.

The field days are sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, Pfizer Animal Health and Certified Angus Beef.  An evening meal is included in the event. For meal planning purposes, organizers request that all participants RSVP by Aug. 13 by contacting Anna Curry, akcurry@ksu.edu or 620-583-7455, Rachael Boyle, rboyle@ksu.edu or 785-425-6851 or Sandy Johnson, sandyj@ksu.edu or 785-462-6281. 

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