LINDSBORG — Though humans have been working with cattle for thousands of years, how ranchers work through calving season changes every year.

New techniques in cow-calf operations will be taught on Feb. 8 at the Lindsborg Evangelical Covenant Church, 102 S. Washington St. in Lindsborg. The event is hosted by the McPherson County K-State Research and Extension office.

Shad Marston, county extension agent in agriculture and natural resources, explained that this program covers relevant topics currentlyaffecting the industry.

"We cover hot topics throughout the years. Last year we covered anaplaz. It's always something about helping the cow with calving," Marston explained. "That's also the great thing about being an agriculture agent. People tell us in every county what their concerns might be, so we hear on a day-to-day basis from people calling in and asking questions. Then we can gather that information. If one farmer or livestock producer has a question, I have a feeling their neighbor will have the same question."

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., catered by Scott's Catering of Lindsborg, followed by a presentation. Dr. Twig Marston, a beef nutritionist with Hubbard Feeds, will cover how to effectively utilize feed sources in challenging times and A.J. Tarpoff, a DVM beef extension veterinarian, will discuss how to manage the calving process and health considerations for newborn calves.

"Dr. Marston will talk about utilizing feed stuffs and all the different things that livestock producers might have on hand. Whether it's utilizing a corn field that's nearby or milo stalks that are nearby. There are some other things that are out there that you might not be able to get your hands on the whole season, but periodically, we can get the feedstuffs at a cheap enough cost and its very beneficial to the cattle producer," Marston explained. "Especially in this time of terrible cold conditions at night when the cow needs a little more energy."

Information in the presentations can spark new ideas for cattle producers to benefit their operations overall.

"It helps with new ideas where they can take some different things back to their own particular operations and they can also use some of the small things that they maybe know about or have forgotten or they were taught a different way," Marston added.

The presentation is free to attend, and dinner is $5. Reservations must be made by Feb. 5 for the dinner and can be made by calling the extension office at 620-241-1523 or emailing Terra Regehr at tregehr@ksu.edu.

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