In anticipation of calving season, Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension are planning a series of calving schools beginning in November and finishing up in January.
The program will outline the normal calving process as well as tips to handle difficult calving situations. A.J. Tarpoff, K-State extension beef veterinarian, explains the goals of the event are to increase knowledge and practical skills, and to increase the number of live calves born.
The schools will also share tips on when and how to intervene to assist the cow and how those times may be different when dealing with young heifers. Presenters will also demonstrate proper use of calving equipment on a life-size scale.
“Our goal is for producers to leave better prepared for calving season,” Tarpoff adds. “We will discuss timelines on when to examine cows for calving problems, and when to call for help if things are not going well. It’s an excellent program regardless of experience level.”
The January 9 meeting that will be held in Russell will also have Clinton Laflin, Midway District’s Livestock agent discuss bull and heifer selection, EPDs, and genetic tools to improve your operation.
There will be a meeting hosted by the Midway District at the Dole-Specter Conference center located at 1430 S. Fossil in Russell on January 9 starting at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend this meeting, but RSVPs for a meal count are requested by Jan. 4, by calling 785-483-3157 or 785-472-4442.
Alicia Boor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. Contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 620-793-1910.