Cattle producers know the investment of time, money and physical work that goes into achieving a high percent calf crop. To help them hone their skills, K-State Research and Extension will host several calving schools just ahead of the calving season.
"Timely, correct obstetrical assistance has been estimated to reduce calf death losses by over 50%," says K-State Research and Extension northwest area livestock specialist Sandy Johnson.
At each calving school, featured speaker Bob Mortimer, who is a veterinarian with Colorado State University, will demonstration proper ways to assist with various calving difficulties, said Johnson, who coordinated the sessions. Mortimer has trained veterinary students in obstetrics in the process of calving 3,000 or more heifers per year for more than 20 years.
Also on the program will be Pfizer Animal Health veterinarian Dale Grotelueschen, who will speak about management methods to improve calf health.
There is no cost to attend, but reservations to the hosting county office are requested by Jan. 11 to ensure enough workshop materials and food for meals.
Times and locations of the calving schools include:
• Jan. 14 – 5:30 p.m. - 4-H Building, St. Francis - 785-332-3171.
• Jan. 15 – 9:30 a.m. - Phillips County Fairgrounds, Phillipsburg - 785-543-6845.
• Jan. 15 – 5:30 p.m. - Jackson Co Fair Building, Holton - 785-364-4125.
• Jan. 16 – 10 a.m. - Community Education Conference Center, Cloud County Community College, Concordia - 785-243-8185.
Those interested in attending should register by calling the telephone number at the location at which they plan to attend.