KCA hosting Beef Efficiency Conference
The Kentucky Cattleman’s Association Convention will be held in Owensboro at the Convention Center this Thursday and Friday, Jan. 16 and 17.
The full schedule of events including registration fee information is available on the KCA website at https://kycattle.org/convention.html. The event is open to the public, and if you own or have interest in beef cattle production, I encourage you to attend all or some of the activities. Registration is available on-site. Two free events occurring at KCA are the Beef Efficiency Conference and Forages at KCA.
The Beef Efficiency Conference will occur Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in West Ballroom A. The theme of the conference is Production Efficiency Begins with a Healthy Calf. The speakers are nationally recognized experts in their fields which include Dr. Jason Smith with Texas A&M discussing winter nutrition for optimizing the cowherd. Dr. Dan Givens of Auburn Veterinary School covering vaccination and management options for calf health. Anticipating and avoiding health problems at calving time is the third topic led by Dr. David Smith of Mississippi State Veterinary School. Spring calving season will be here soon. Take time to come downtown this week to gain information on providing the best start possible for your calf crop which will result more pounds sold and greater return for your investment.
The Forages at KCA program will be Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. in West Ballroom D. The title for this session is Tall Fescue: Past, Present, and Future. Tall fescue has a long history in the eastern U.S. as being the most adaptable and persistent of all forage types. While known for the endophyte effect on cattle performance it remains the most common forage on Kentucky farms. Dr. Gary Lacefield, retired UK Extension Forage Specialist at the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence will discuss the history of tall fescue. Dr. Ray Smith of UK Extension Forage Specialist at Lexington and Dr. Michael Flythe with USDA Forage Research will cover new fescue varieties and research updates. Dr. Chris Teutsch, Extension Forage Specialist at the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence will speak on considerations for tall fescue grazing.