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 event concludes at 3:30 p.m. with the annual K-State Legacy Bull Sale, to take place 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.