Angus

Five advanced beef cattle care and health training sessions will be hosted by the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) during February and March. These checkoff-funded sessions will provide beef producers with up-to-date standards and technologies to improve animal welfare and food safety.

The trainings will begin at 6 p.m. and be led by Kansas State University veterinarians Dan Thomson and A.J. Tarpoff.

Dates and locations:

 Feb. 4 — Anderson County Sales Company, Garnett;

 Feb. 12 — Pratt County Fairgrounds, Pratt;

 Feb. 27 — Farmers & Ranchers Livestock Commission Company, Salina;

 March 14 — Winfield Livestock Auction;

 March 25 — Atchison County Auction Company, Atchison.

Producers and veterinarians will receive Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training and information relevant to the cow-calf, stocker and feedlot segments. The information will include animal husbandry best management practices, downed animal care and humane euthanasia training. In addition, stockmanship principles and low-stress cattle-handling techniques will be reviewed. A necropsy will be performed at a few select locations as well. All producers and veterinarians who attend will earn BQA certification valid for three years.

Each workshop is free of charge and includes a complimentary meal. Pre-registration one week or more prior to the event is requested by contacting KBC at 785-273-5225 or emailing John Sachse at john@kansasbeef.org. Walk-in attendees are welcome, but are not guaranteed a meal.

Field editor for the Midwest Messenger.