In anticipation of calving season, Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension are planning on a series of calving schools in January.
The program will outline overall calving management that includes stages of the normal calving process as well as tips to handle difficult calving situations. A.J. Tarpoff, K-State extension beef veterinarian, explains the goals of the event are to increase knowledge, practical skills, and to increase the number of live calves born if they need assistance.
The schools will also share tips on when and how to intervene to assist the cow or heifer. Presenters will also demonstrate proper use of calving equipment on a life-size cow and calf model.
“Our goal is for producers to leave better prepared for calving season,” Tarpoff adds. “We will discuss timelines on when to examine cows for calving problems, and when to call your vet for help if things are not going well. We will also discuss calf care early in life. It’s an excellent program regardless of experience level.”
The meetings will have other timely educational topics determined by each location.
Meetings scheduled include:
• Tuesday, January 3, 2023, evening, Kiowa County Fairgrounds, Greensburg, Kansas; RSVP to Comanche County Extension Office at 620-582-2411, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, January 10, 2023, evening, Ellsworth Recreation Center, Ellsworth, Kansas, RSVP to Midway District Extension Office at 785-483-3157, email@example.com
- Thursday, January 12, 2023, evening, 4-H Building at the Old Iron Club, Fredonia, Kansas; RSVP to Wildcat District at 620-378-2167, Southwind District at 620-365-2242, or Greenwood County at 620-583-7455
- Thursday, January 19, 2023, evening, Mankato Community Center, Mankato, Kansas; RSVP to Post Rock Extension Office at 785-738-3597, firstname.lastname@example.org
More and updated information about the Calving Schools as well as local fliers will be available at KSUBeef.org.