“Making Money In Hard Times" is the theme for the K-State Beef Conference set Aug. 13 in the Kansas State University (KSU) College of Veterinary Medicine’s Frick Auditorium.

Headlining the meeting is beef producer and BEEF magazine contributing editor Troy Marshall. His presentations, "Issues Facing the Beef Industry" and "Opportunities Facing the Cow-Calf Producer," will open and close the conference.

Other presentation topics include:

  • Replacements: Raise them or buy them? – Sandy Johnson, KSU animal scientist.
  • Animal welfare: It´s your business! – Dan Thomson, KSU Beef Cattle Institute.
  • Management strategies affecting calf marketability – Karl Harborth, KSU animal scientist; and Lee Schulz and Kevin Dhuyvetter, KSU ag economists.
  • Options to extend the grazing season: cool-season annuals – Stacy Gunther, University of Arkansas animal scientist.
  • Options to extend the grazing season: Crop residues – Rick Funston, University of Nebraska animal scientist.
  • Mineral needs to complement ethanol by-product feeding – Justin Waggoner, KSU animal scientist.
  • Managing price risk in cow-calf operations – Dhuyvetter.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the program starting at 9.

Registration is $60, due by July 31, and includes refreshments, noon meal and conference materials. For more info or to register or contact Linda Siebold at 785-532-1281 or lsiebold@ksu.edu.