Three Cow-Calf Profitability Seminars Coming Up

Discussions will focus on reducing costs, improving profits.

The Kansas Livestock Association and Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health will host three cow-calf profitability seminars during April. These seminars are designed to help ranchers address the challenges of today's beef industry, including rising input costs and escalating land values, by providing practical management information that can be applied to any operation.

Minimizing production costs is more important than ever in the current environment of volatile markets. Management and marketing decisions that have worked in the past may not be the best options today. Kansas State University animal nutritionist KC Olson will provide several suggestions on how cow-calf producers might be able to reduce input costs using practical management methods. Intervet/Schering-Plough Senior Territory Manager Ron Hinrichsen will take it one step further by explaining how producers can increase value and efficiency through health programs and implants.

Ranchland Trust of Kansas Executive Director Mike Beam will discuss how to add value to existing operations through non-traditional land use and conservation. RTK specializes in establishing conservation easements, which are used to protect agricultural land and native grass pasture from urbanization.

Another session will focus on setting priorities for business and life. K-State Animal Sciences & Industry Department Head Ken Odde will explain the importance of practicing good time management and setting business goals. During his presentation, Odde will provide organizational tips that can be used to accomplish both.

The seminars will take place April 7 at the Farmers and Ranchers Livestock Commission Co. in Salina; April 9 at the Kansas State University Ag Research Center in Hays; and April 14 at the Youth and 4-H Community Center in Pratt. Each seminar is free and will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Those wanting to attend can find more information and a registration form at www.kla.org/calendar. The registration deadline for all three seminars is April 3.

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