This summer's final Kansas Livestock Association/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day will be Aug. 20 at the Pike Trail Cattle Copany near Delphos in northwestern Ottawa County.
Dana and Marcia Hauck founded Pike Trail Cattle Company and built a stocker cattle starting and backgrounding yard. Taner and Leanne Litton recently acquired the facility and operate it as a custom growing and heifer development business. This transition was part of a succession plan to transfer the Haucks' cattle operation to a new generation of farmers and ranchers. The two couples will visit about their goals, strategies and experiences with the succession process during a panel discussion.
Gregg Hadley, with K-State Research and Extension, also will be on the program to provide tips for developing a farm and ranch succession plan. Hadley is a farm management specialist who has devoted his career to addressing farm and ranch management and succession issues. He will discuss why a succession plan is important and provide the basic components of such a plan.
Another educational session will focus on how cover crops can benefit livestock producers. Star Seed Area Sales Representative Dale Strickler has firsthand experience with utilizing cover crops for grazing, including the time of year when cool-season and native grass pastures are often dormant and/or unavailable. He will provide information about a variety of unconventional annual crops that provide opportunities for area cattle producers.
The Delphos field day will begin with registration at 4:00 p.m. and conclude with a free beef dinner at 6:30 p.m. All livestock producers and others involved in the business are invited to attend. Reservations are not required.
Pike Trail Cattle Company is located about 4 miles west of Delphos. From Delphos, go 3.4 miles west on Volunteer Road to the Pike Trail Cattle Company sign, which is located at a dead end. From this sign, go 3/10 mile north on 50th Road to the field day site. From Glasco, go 5 miles south of town on gravel road to the ranch. (Signs will be posted on Highway 24.) From Highway 24, east of Glasco, go south on 90th Road about 6 miles to Delphos. Then, follow directions from Delphos mentioned above to the field day site. Directional signs will be posted.
KLA and K-State also will host ranch management field days August 13 at Merrill Ranch near Wilmore and August 18 at the Lafe, Linda and Eric Wilson cattle operation near Uniontown. Unique aspects of these operations will be incorporated into the educational sessions.
Bayer Animal Health and the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas are sponsoring each event. For more information, go to the KLA website or call the KLA office at 785-273-5115.