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K-State’s Winter Ranch Management Series Set for January and February

The seminar series, hosted in early 2017, will highlight ‘Successful strategies for enhancing profit’ for beef producers and allow producers to ask questions of their local, district and state extension specialists.

 MANHATTAN, Kan. – With lower expected revenues from the sale of calves in 2017 compared to 2014-15 prices many producers are seeking information on ways to improve their operation’s profit potential. With that in mind, the 2017 K-State Winter Ranch Management series of meetings will include comments from extension educators on profit-enhancing strategies practices for beef producers. The meetings will also feature a popular ‘town-hall’ style question and answer session between Kansas’ cattle producers and extension specialists. The Winter Ranch Management Seminar series runs in January and early February.

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Managing cold stress

by Justin W. Waggoner, beef systems specialist

As we all know there is no typical weather pattern in Kansas. We experienced a mild fall this year and thus far winter has been interesting with record high temperatures followed by cold and windy days. The downside is that we don’t know what might happen in the New Year, as we approach what are typically the coldest months of the year. Most cattle producers know and appreciate that cold weather increases nutrient requirements. However, the obvious questions that come to mind are “What is cold to cow?” and “What increases (energy, protein etc.) and by how much?”.

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