Beef Tips

Calving Schools Scheduled Across Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. — In anticipation of calving season, the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension will be hosting a series of calving schools between November and January.

The program will outline the normal calving process as well as tips to handle difficult calving situations. A.J. Tarpoff, extension beef veterinarian, said the purpose of the event is to increase knowledge and practical skills and increase the number of live calves born.

Experts 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 said. “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 list of meetings include:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m, Morris County Fairgrounds Community Building, Council Grove, Kansas; RSVP to Flint Hills Extension District at 785-767-5136. Or Email Shannon Ney at
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10, Evening, Alfalfa County Fairgrounds, Cherokee, Oklahoma; RSVP to Barber County Extension Office
  • Thursday, Jan. 9, Evening, Edwards County Fair building, Kinsley, Kansas; RSVP to Edwards County Extension Office
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, Evening, Franklin County Fairgrounds- Celebration Hall, Ottawa, Kansas; RSVP to Marais des Cygnes Extension District Office.
  • Thursday, Jan. 16, Midday, Lane County Fair Building, Dighton, Kansas; RSVP to Walnut Creek Extension District Office
  • Thursday, Jan. 16, Trego County Fairgrounds, Commercial Building, Wakeeney, Kansas; RSVP to Golden Prairie Extension District Office.
  • Thursday, Jan. 23, KSU Polytechnic College Center, Salina, Kansas; RSVP to Central Kansas Extension District Office.

More detailed information will be posted on as it is available.

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