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K-STATE CATTLEMEN’S DAY Make plans now to attend the 98th annual KSU Cattlemen’s Day will be held on Friday, March 4. This program is designed to provide producers, allied industry and individuals with information about new developments in the beef industry. The day will begin with the Commercial Trade Show and Educational Exhibits at 8 a.m. in Weber Arena. The morning program will start at 10 a.m. with a welcome by Dr. Ken Odde, followed by “The Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan”. This plan will include an “Introduction and Background” by Jeff Davidson, Greenwood County; “Regulations and Expected Results” by Tom Gross, KDHE; and an “Expert Panel and Group Discussion” with panel members Tom Gross, Tom Moxley, Mike Collinge and Carol Blocksome. The morning program will conclude with the “Beef Cattle Outlook” by Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University. The afternoon program will include various breakout sessions at Weber Hall, and Open House Sessions at KABSU and the Beef Cattle Research Center. Sessions include: Weber Hall (Sessions will begin at 1:15 p.m.) * Factors Influencing Beef Quality (Weber Hall Room 111) – Terry Houser and John Unruh * DNA Technologies for Seedstock Producers (Weber Hall Room 146) - Jennifer Bormann * Controlling Sericea and other Invasive Plants in Native Grasslands (Weber Hall Room 123) – Jeff Davidson and Brian Faris Kansas Artificial Breeding Service Unit (KABSU) (Open House Sessions will begin at 1:30 p.m.) * Overview of KABSU Services – Tom Taul * Testing for Trichonomiasis in Herd Sires – Meredyth Jones Beef Cattle Research Center (Open House Sessions will begin at 1:30 p.m.) o Using Post-Mortem Examination to Improve Herd Management – Larry Hollis * Does Pain Management Pay? – Lily Edwards, Hans Coetzee and Lucy Bergamasco * The Microscopic World of the Rumen – Celine Aperce and Solange Uwituze Registration is $15 per person and is due by Feb. 25. There is no charge for students that have pre-registered. For a complete schedule of events and registration information, visit Online registration is available. For more information, contact Jim Drouillard (; 785-532-1204) or Dale Blasi (; 785-532-5427). The KSU Legacy Bull and Heifer Sale will be held on March 4, at the conclusion of KSU Cattlemen’s Day. The sale will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Purebred Beef Unit. Sale offerings include 70 Angus, Hereford and Simmental Bulls; 5 Show Heifer Prospects; 40 Bred Females; and 5 Registered AQHA horses. For more information or a sale catalog, contact Ryan Breiner (; 785-532-6127). THE WICHITA GARDEN SHOW If you are not a cattle producer, then I have another event for you to check out. It is the Wichita Garden Show. It will be held March 2-6 at Century II in Wichita. The show motto is “know and grow.” This year’s theme is “Gardens in the Movies.” If you have gone before, I know that you look forward to it. This is one of the top garden shows in the central U.S. The Garden Show is the place to gather ideas, study needed products and supplies, and meet people who have knowledge and know-how. Something totally new this year: Each person entering the Show will receive a certificate for 2 nights free lodging and 3 days at exciting tourist spots – no sales spiel! Also, when you make a purchase, come to the Information Desk and receive a certificate for 7 free nights lodging and 8 days at National 4-Star Resorts - $200 tax and $49 processing fee – Has a $1,400 value – Short sales spiel! Get your certificates! Anything to offset the price of gas on your 2011 vacation! You will gain education about gardening and outdoor living. There will be numerous beautiful gardens on display both large and small. There is entertainment for the entire family and something for everyone of all ages. Also at the show, K-State Research & Extension has hourly seminars on various topics of landscaping and gardening interest. You can check the schedule on the web or on the show program when you arrive. Admission for adults is $11.50 per person. There are reduced rates for children under 16 and other promotions. Show hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday and Saturday it is 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Then on Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, go to